HUFF Uprising FC and Bailey’s Jewellers Young Warriors FC were winners in the Football Association’s Second Division on Monday as they continue to challenge for one of two automatic promotion spots to the First Division.
In a close Zone A contest at Parham, Uprising edged home team ABAYA 3-2 to move to 10 points after six showings and fourth on the standings while ABAYA continues to struggle with five points in the sixth position on the nine-team standings.
Goals from Dequan Carbon and Trevaughn Anthony in minutes 31 and 41, respectively, had given Uprising a 2-0 advantage at the half before S. Tarner and X. Gomes struck in minutes 56 and 58 to draw the home team level.
A 76th minute strike by Tajah Gordon, however, ensured three points for the visitors.
Player/coach Ken Pennyfeather said the mission is to change the popular public outlook that Uprising, formerly Hatton Starz, is not a competitive team.
“This season it will be changed because we are coming out this year positive with a change of style in play and discipline so we will definitely be a talk in the Second Division and in the community because we played a friendly match against Hoppers and we were well respected. We played also against Rangers and stronger opponents and we are no joke team because all that is in the past,” he said.
Meanwhile, Young Warriors picked up their fourth victory in six matches when they won by default over Police.
The youngsters were awarded three goals and three points after match officials were forced to rule the contest abandoned due to an unprepared field at the Police Recreation Ground.
Coach Daryl Burton said the goal is still to see the team promoted to the First Division.
“Each player always tells me that their next aim is to go forward to the First Division and every time we go out to training, we approach a game with that spirit to go out and win the game. Play competitive, play physical and also come out with a victory,” he said.
“As we go out to play, we try to score as much goals as possible and also try to defend or not to concede too many goals so that our goal average could be at a plus all times,” Burton added.
Warriors moves to 12 points and third on the standings while Police is at the bottom of the pack with one point.