Six in battle against relegation

March 14, 2017
UWI's goalscorer Patrick Brown controls the ball while under pressure from Reno's Renorio Downswell, in their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at the UWI Mona Bowl on Sunday.

With at least five sets of games remaining in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) 2016-17 season, six teams are involved in the relegation battle. The seventh-to-last-place teams are separated by eight points, so each game is of importance for those teams.

Former national champions Boys' Town are anchored at the bottom on 23 points below teams such as Maverley-Hughenden (25), Jamalco (26), Waterhouse (28), Harbour View (30), and Reno (31).

While Reno and Harbour View are also in danger, they have some breathing space over the other relegation strugglers.

Boys' Town, who have been in last place for a long time, have improved and scored a crucial 2-1 win against Jamalco last Sunday at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon.

Promoted Maverley-Hughenden and two-time champions Waterhouse will continue their rained-out fixture tomorrow at the Constant Spring Complex in St Andrew. The game was called off by referee Kevin Morrison a week ago due to a waterlogged pitch at the same venue.

Both teams will continue the battle for a crucial win.

Meanwhile, with the top six gaining qualification to the championship play-off stage, leaders, the University of the West Indies (UWI) who are on 54 points, second-place Humble Lion (49), Tivoli also on 40 points, reigning champions Montego Bay United (46), Portmore United (44), and Arnett Gardens (41) are all on course for those spots.

UWI are firmly in control for one of two automatic semi-final spots which the top two are assured.

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