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Off the mark

Henderson Richards’ (right) last gasp goal dented the Wales. (FP).

Henderson Richards’ (right) last gasp goal dented the Wales. (FP).

Brittons Hill continued their impressive start to the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League season with a 1-0 victory over defending champions Weymouth Wales at Wildey, St. Michael last night.

It was Wales’ second loss of the season.In a game marked more by defensive play than attacking flair, Brittons Hill, currently second in the ten-team table, had the better of the early exchanges without really dominating the proceedings. The hard-working Henderson Richards posed the greatest threat to Weymouth Wales with a few speculative runs.

Wales soaked up most of the pressure and sought to catch Brittons Hill on the counter but most of their efforts fizzled in the middle of the field or suffered from inadequate execution in the Brittons Hill box. The teams went into half-time with honours fairly even in terms of ball possession and threats on goal.

The second half continued along the same lines as most of what had occurred in the first half and the game looked headed for a goal-less stalemate. But with two minutes to go in regulation time Richards found the back of the nets to break the spirit of Wales and their supporters. This set up the game for a feverish scramble at the end as Wales sought an equaliser that never came.Richards’ goal was his second of the season and the defeat left Wales in fifth position on the table with eight points from six games, four points fewer than Brittons Hill from a similar number of games.

In the first game of the evening Gall Hill and Cosmos played to a 0-0 draw. The result left both teams on seven points from six games with Gall Hill seventh on the table and Cosmos eighth.

Meanwhile the dynamic Tristan Parris of Dayrells Road has been in prolific form so far this season.The skilful front-man has scored six goals in five matches and has been the primary reason for his club holding their own in fourth position on nine points from five games.

The Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme continue to top the table and are the only unbeaten team in the competition. They have 14 points from six games with four victories and two draws.††

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