Lewis doubt for Onions in basement battle
Flanagan’s Onions could be without key man Keston Lewis for their bottom-of-the-table match with Young Men’s Social Club at Goose Gosling Field tomorrow night.
Mick Ward, the Onions coach, confirmed that the Trinidadian striker is highly doubtful as he recovers from a blow he took to the head in the team’s previous outing against North Village at Bernard Park two weeks’ ago.
“Keston was back in training last night [Wednesday] and feeling good,” Ward said. “We will make sure tests are done and he’s actually one hundred per cent before we actually put him back in.
“He will have a late check up with the physiotherapist just to see how he’s getting on, but it’s likely he won’t be available.
“Keston is one of our key players, but we have other guys that can slot in there as well. We have been working the past couple of weeks really without him, so the guys that are going to sit in there for him know what they need to do.”
Lewis, who has also had stints with PHC Zebras and North Village, clashed heads with an opponent and was substituted after experiencing dizziness during the 2-0 loss to Village.
“It wasn’t anything intentional or malicious, it was just a clash of heads I think,” Ward said. “As Keston tried to take on a guy it was just one of those where you turn and duck in and it’s a clash.
“The other guy obviously didn’t feel too much, but it caught Keston where it really hurts. He felt dizzy and so obviously we thought as a precaution to take him off and make sure he gets proper concussion tests sorted out.”
Only three points separates bottom side Social Club from second from bottom Onions, who have the worst defensive record in the league.
Ward’s team will go into the match with a psychological edge having beaten Social Club 4-1 at Police Field in the first league meeting between the two sides in October, with Lewis leading the charge with a brace.
“We have already beaten them once this season, so we would like to do the double,” Ward said.
“They are in a similar situation to us. They are going to want to make sure there are two clubs below them at the end of the season, and probably hoping we are one of them. I’m sure it’s going to be a tough game.”