Rae Town looking to rebound quickly
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
Rae Town will be looking to return to winning ways when they face Bull Bay in the Claro/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League at the Bull Pen this afternoon at 3:00.
Second-place Rae Town are practically faced with must-win situations in their remaining three matches of the season, as they trail leaders Cavalier by two points, with the latter having a game in hand. This gap is expected to widen as Rae Town are set to lose three points for having used an ineligible player in their February 6 3-0 home win over Barbican.
In addition to the three points that they are set to lose, they could find themselves with more problems resulting from their midweek clash with Cavalier. The game saw Cavalier come from behind to emerge 2-1 winners with three Rae Town players seeing red. The game was then overshadowed by an ugly incident at the end, when Rae Town's spectators invaded the playing area.
In the previous encounter between Rae Town and Bull Bay, the former came away 4-2 winners. The competition's leading scorer, Rae Town's Damion Jackson, netted two of his 18 goals in the match.
Rae Town's coach Michael Francis, who will be missing from the game due to a death in his family, believes his players are fragile going into the game.
"The players are a little fragile going into that game because I don't think they are in any frame of mind to play football," said Francis.
Bull Bay will be looking to stay clear of the relegation zone as they are only six points ahead of Meadhaven United, who have made a late surge, winning two of their last three matches.
Andrew Williams, coach of Bull Bay, intends to enter the game against Rae Town with a defensive mindset, playing a 5-3-2 formation.
"We will start off very defensively and then assess things from there, and if there is a need for any adjustment we will make it," said Williams. "We don't want to go into the game overconfident and then can't readjust," he added.
Cavalier lead the standings with 43 points, followed by Rae Town (41), Santos (38), Mountain View (34), Jamaica Defence Force (31), Constant Spring (28), Real Mona (21), Barbican (20), Duhaney Park (19), Bull Bay (18), Meadhaven United (12) and Maverley-Hughenden (five).
All games are slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.