'Bigga' Thompson promises no 'bly' for old club

February 09, 2018
Daemion Benjamin (right) of Boys Town FC tackles Arnett Gardens FC's Vishinul Harris during their Trench Town Derby in the Red Stripe Premier League at the Barbican Complex on December 28, 2017.

Arnett Gardens FC captain, Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, promises no easing up against Boys' Town when the teams clash for the third time in this season's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Barbican Complex on Sunday.

Reigning champions Arnett are in second position in the league on 44 points, nine behind leaders Portmore United, in the race for the $1 million bounty for the team that finishes the preliminary stage on most points.

In two previous meetings between the teams this season, the first clash ended 1-1 on October 22, at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, while the second also finished in a similar result at the Barbican Complex on December 28.

Neighbouring Boys' Town are rooted at the bottom in the 12-team league on 14 points. They are 15 points adrift of the safety of the 10th spot, currently occupied by Humble Lion. With that scenario, it is a tough task for the Red Brigade to stave off relegation.

Thompson, who started his career at Boys' Town before playing professionally in Europe, believes that it is over for Boys' Town.

"There is not much you can say anyway based on the situation that Boys' Town find themselves in, regardless. I don't think it will change after the game on Sunday," Thompson, who also resides in Rema (Wilton Gardens) where Boys' Town is based, told STAR Sports during the weekly RSPL press conference yesterday.

"Arnett Gardens always play to win," Thompson said. "If Boys' Town win, will that change anything? It's not a case that if Boys' Town win, they will avoid relegation. It is just a normal game like any other game. We always play to win every game. It's not as if there are specific games that we choose to win," he added.

"When it comes to this stage of the competition, people are trying to make the top six, while others are trying to avoid relegation. So it is never easy to play games at this stage. You find that every game is difficult," Thompson explained.

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