Reno, Maverley jostle for position
Former national club champions FC Reno have an outside shot of qualifying for the top six championship play-off, while promoted Maverley-Hughenden are battle to save their Red Stripe Premier League life as the season narrows down.
With that scenario, spectators must brace for an epic battle when both teams meet in the first of the Monday Night double-header at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex today, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Reno are currently in seventh spot on 34 points, behind Arnett Gardens who are on 42 points in sixth position. However, Reno have two matches in hand and a win could boost their chance of a top six finish.
Maverley-Hughenden, who are currently in turmoil having fired two coaches due to poor results, must win to come out of the relegation zone. The Maverley team has 28 points and in 11th position, just two points ahead of last-place Jamalco.
Coach of three-time champions Reno, Wendell Downswell, says that Maverley-Hughenden will be a tough task.
"Our intention is to win the remaining games as we have an outside chance of fighting for the title. It is going to be a tough assignment as the game is crucial for both clubs. Maverley will be desperate to win," Downswell, who is a former national coach, told STAR Sports.
"We have not defeated Maverley in two games this season, and playing in town will not be easy. However, we are coming for a win tomorrow (today)," he reasoned.
In the second game, leaders University of the West Indies will tackle third-place Humble Lion, starting at 8 p.m.