Town keep pace with league leaders
Dandy Town 2 X-Warriors 0
Dandy Town kept pace in the title race with a comfortable win over X-Roads at St John’s Field yesterday.
Goals from Jahkari Furbert and Azendae Furbert secured the three points to keep the league leaders in their sights and ready to pounce should there be a slip up.
“In this phase of the season, it is about winning,” Cal Blankendal, the Town assistant coach, said. “You have to stay close to the league leaders and keep the momentum going with the chance and hope that we can win the league and to put pressure on the guys on top.
“It’s all about being consistent because every game now means something.”
Both teams had a chance to take the lead within the opening minutes.
Angelo Simmons, the Town captain, snaked his way through the X-Roads defence with ease before goalkeeper Jez Burrows stuck a boot out to block his shot for a corner.
Within a minute, X-Roads captain Patrick Richardson laid off an inch-perfect pass to their leading scorer Donovan Thompson but his half volley just missed the upright by inches with Town goalkeeper Treadwell Gibbons beaten.
The two X-Roads players combined again when Richardson slipped a quick pass to Thompson but he shot straight at Gibbons, who was well positioned. As the game progressed, Town started to take control and it was no surprise when they took the lead midway through the half. Wing back Eusebio Blankendal made a forceful run down the right flank before his cross found Jahkari Furbert unmarked at the back post. His half volley beat the diving Burrows into the far corner from an angle.
X-Roads had two early chances in the second half when Thompson won the ball with a shoulder challenge before crossing but Richardson side-footed over the top from six yards with just goalkeeper Gibbons to beat.
Thompson then won the ball from a goalmouth scramble but his shot brought of a good save from a diving Gibbons who collected the ball on his second attempt.
Town almost gifted X-Roads with an equaliser when defender Seoin Darrell and Gibbons allowed Tymon Daniels’s cross to bounce over their heads before the goalkeeper made a last-ditch stretch to take the ball out of the air from the head of a lurking Thompson.
With five minutes remaining, Azendae Furbert put this matter to rest with a fine solo effort. Collecting the ball midway into the X-Roads half, he dazzled his way past three defenders to side-foot the ball to the left and into the net of the advancing goalkeeper.
Dandy Town: J Furbert 28, A Furbert 67
Dandy Town (3-5-2): T Gibbons — A Furbert, S Darrell, J Bean-Lindo — E Blankendal, J Furbert (sub: A Martin 86min), J Amory (sub: M Mello-Cann 79), J Chapman, M Aden (sub: E Trott 66) — C Darrell, A Simmons. Substitutes not used: J Roser, N Smith, I Blankendal, J Johnson.
X-Roads (4-2-3-1): J Burrows — J Furbert, M Hill, K Wilkinson, C Hayward (sub: K Brangman 75) — C McDowall, P Richardson (sub: D Baker 85) — A Burgess (sub: D Woolridge 70), T Daniels, D Thompson — T Burgess. Substitutes not used: D Cooper, A Cannonier, N Richardson, J Sanchez.
Referee: A Francis.
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