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December 15, 2012
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Where is Rafiek?

Boys' Town coach Price says struggling club can't find in-form striker

At a time when Boys' Town need all hands on deck to try and lift themselves out of the slump they are in, one of their top players, the Red Stripe Premier League's joint top scorer, Rafiek Thomas, has not reported for duty since the team's December 2 defeat to Arnett Gardens.

Thomas, who leads his team in scoring with seven goals, missed his second game on Thursday as the 'Red Brigade' suffered their fourth consecutive defeat after going down 3-0 to nine-man Harbour View at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Boys' Town have managed only one point since their end-of-first-round final win over Harbour View, as they have gone six games without a win to be eighth in the 12-team standings on 23 points.

Harbour View lead the standings with 34 points.

'The Stars of the East', who were reduced to nine players following the ejection of Jaron Richards (45th) and Roland Dean (76th), got their goals from Nicholas Beckett (5th), Evan Taylor (81st) and Eric Vernon (87th).

Thomas' strike partner, Romeo Parkes, also did not show up for Thursday's game, forcing coach Andrew Price to make a late change to Boys' Town's starting line-up, as his team took to the field without a recognised forward.

"Since we played the game against Arnett Gardens, we haven't seen Rafiek (Thomas), we have tried to get in touch with him and he hasn't communicated with us," Price said.

"To be honest, we haven't heard from him; I don't know if he is taking a break from the game.

"Romeo (Parkes) picked up a knock in the last game, so I believe that is one of reasons why he is not here. We expected him today (Thursday), he lives all the way in Portland, but we haven't seen him. But we are going to have to work with the people we have here."

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