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February 7, 2013
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Team effort will replace Rafeik's goals
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Rafeik Thomas

Boys' Town head coach, Andrew Price, is hoping that the rest of the team will step up and fill the gap left by four of his key players who jumped ship during the January transfer window.

Three of the Collie Smith Drive-based club's veterans in Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, Xavian Virgo and Antony Bennett have left for Arnett Gardens, Harbour View and Humble Lion, respectively, while the team's top scorer so far this season, Rafeik Thomas, has joined Tivoli Gardens.

Boys' Town, who missed out on the title by a point last season, depended heavily on Thomas for their goals at the start of the season, as he netted seven goals in the openining 10 games. By virtue of Thomas' good run of form, Boys' Town were able to make it to the first end-of-round final, which they won after defeating Harbour View.

The goals dried up for Thomas in the second round, with him only finding the back of the net on one occasion. Boys' Town also suffered a dip in form, as they finished ninth in the round's standings and slipped to seventh on the overall table.

Price is now faced with the dilemma of replacing Thomas' goals, but he is confident in the competence of the players that are still at the club, which includes Jermaine Allen, who has signed on permanently from Tivoli Gardens following previous loan spells.

"The goals can come from a myriad of players. Jermaine Allen, when he was here with us last season, he scored a lot of goals," Price said.

"There is Marvin Stewart, Marvin Morgan and there are people like Michael Campbell who always come up with all-important goals when we need them, and there is Renae Lloyd, so I believe we have a number of players who can get the ball into the back of the net."

Price also has confidence in his defence and believes if the right balance can be struck they will be a force to reckon with.

"Our defensive unit has improved very much. I think Carlos Wright is probably the most improved defender in the league at this time; he is playing very well," Price said.

"So it is about putting the two facets of our game together, the defensive and the offensive.

"Perennially, Boys' Town have always had a very good back end of the season, and this is the time of the season that we really start to play some good football."

In addition to Allen, Boys' Town has also signed Adrian King from Waterhouse.

Andrew Price - file photos

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