X-Roads refusing to rest on laurels
X-Roads, the surprise team in the Premier Division, will break two milestones if they manage to beat Paget Lions at Garrison Field on Sunday.
Playing in only their second season in the top flight, X-Roads have already matched last term’s six wins in the league and will pass the 20 points they earned during the previous campaign if they gain three more points.
It would be an impressive achievement with more than half the season still to go.
X-Roads have proven that their early season success is no fluke, thrashing Dandy Town 6-0 at home in their previous game to remain in the top three, just two points behind leaders PHC Zebras.
X-Roads are also the top scorers in the Premier Division with 27 goals in seven games, with Donovan Thompson the league’s top scorer with 15 goals.
Last season, they just missed out on a Dudley Eve Trophy spot, finishing eighth after losing their final match against Somerset Trojans. Now X-Roads look set to improve on last term and appear to be title contenders along with PHC and Hood.
“We’re proud of our accomplishments, but we’re not resting on our laurels,” Khomeini Talbot, the X-Roads assistant coach, said. “It’s pressure but good pressure, every game this season has been tough. The approach has always been to be confident but humble. It’s definitely a team effort, we applaud and encourage him [Donavan] but the team comes first.”
Thompson has scored more than half of the team’s 27 goals this season, with Tymon Daniels, Paul Sinons and Jahron Dickinson, the other new signing from St George’s Colts, adding three apiece. Jamin Furbert and Patrick Richardson, another pre-season signing, complete the list with a goal each.
Paget have also shown what one player’s goals can do, with Dion Stovell netting six goals in five games to help them go four matches unbeaten.
Top-flight new boys BAA ended that run with a 5-2 win two weeks ago. Keishen Bean leads BAA’s scoring with six goals since moving from North Village. BAA meet Hood at Goose Gosling Field on Sunday, while tomorrow’s match will pit Somerset, bottom and still without a league win, against Boulevard at home at 3pm. Boulevard are second from bottom.
PHC will welcome the return to action after the international break, travelling to St John’s Field to meet Dandy Town on Sunday. Town have not won a league match since September 22.
In Sunday’s other match Devonshire Cougars are at home to neighbours North Village.
n Southampton Rangers, the First Division leaders, will bid to stretch their unbeaten league run to 29 games when they meet Wolves at Garrison Field on Sunday. Colts take on St George’s at Wellington Oval, while Somerset Eagles play Young Men’s Social Club at Police Field. Ireland Rangers meet St David’s at Malabar Field, while Hamilton Parish face Vasco at Bernard Park tomorrow at 3pm.