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Paget and Wolves to clash in potential First Division title decider

Paget Lions are in contention for the coveted First Division league and Shield double at Wellington Oval tomorrow (File photograph by Ras Mykkal)

Antwan Russell, the Paget Lions player-coach, believes his team have an advantage heading into their potential First Division title and promotion decider with fellow contenders Wolves at Wellington Oval tomorrow.

The visiting side boast several players in their squad with considerable big-game experience under their belt, which Russell says gives his team an edge.

“I think as far as experience, we have a slight edge as we have players that have played bigger games with myself, Dion Stovell, Aquino Grant, Shakir Smith and Robert Richardson just name a few,” he said.

“These are guys that have played just about every final there is to play in Bermuda, and so that experience factor will be on our side.”

Paget, who are on the verge of achieving the coveted League and Shield double, hold a one-point advantage over second-place Wolves.

“The winner wins the league. I know that’s the mindset they are coming with, but I also know the mindset I am coming with,” Russell added.

“The Premier Division title race went down to the end and now the First Division title race has also come down to the last game, what better way to end the season?”

Paget edged Wolves 5-4 in the only encounter between the two teams this season and Marcelos Thomas, the Wolves assistant coach, anticipates tomorrow’s contest will be equally as hard-fought.

“I am expecting a dogfight, and the players are up for it,” he said.

“They want the trophy, we want the trophy, we both want promotion, so I expect everything to be left out on the field.”

Only three points separate leaders Paget from third-place Young Men’s Social Club.

While their title hopes may appear slim, Social Club still have plenty to play for as victory over Southampton Rangers at Southampton Oval, coupled with a Paget win or draw would see them pip Wolves for the remaining promotion spot.

Even though Paget have a superior goal difference (+31) than Wolves (+20) and Social Club (+24), Russell is leaving nothing to chance.

“One thing I know about football is that as long as it is mathematically possible, then it’s possible,” he said.

Ireland Rangers will host St David’s Warriors at Somerset Cricket Club, while Devonshire Colts are at home to BAA at Police Field in tomorrow’s remaining fixtures.

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Published March 25, 2023 at 7:00 am (Updated March 25, 2023 at 8:22 am)

Paget and Wolves to clash in potential First Division title decider

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