The business end of local Premier League action has come and Bodden Town have not shown any signs of flagging under pressure.
The youngsters are intent on winning the title in honour of late hero Gerome “Bird” Graham who died at training from an undetected enlarged heart last June.
Bodden Town have 44 points from 17 games, four more than last season’s champions, Scholars International.
The two sides still have to play each other with four games to go and that could be the title decider. Both have been inspired by their captains, Jamaal Clarke for BT and Oneil Taylor for the West Bay side.
BT have a potent strike force in Dwayne ‘Gaza’ Wright, Alex Belcher and Theron Wood. They are well serviced by the likes of Kareem James – Bird’s brother – Clarke, Arvid Harris and Yefrey Calderon.
This Sunday Bodden Town play North Side away in the 7pm game after Academy and Elite meet in the 5pm fixture.
Bodden Town’s reserve side are top of their league too, again well ahead of Scholars International.
Bodden Town’s success can be put down to 22 goals scored by centre-forward Wesley Robinson. Great achievement considering they have only played 13 league games and Robinson is actually a left-back for the Premier Side.
Bodden Town technical director Elbert McLean said: “We have to win against North Side, it is important. In fact, I always tell my players that each match is as important at the last.
“They do not feel any pressure as league leaders,” he added. “Their energy and attitude is excellent. Wesley has matured well over the years. He is a very fit player.”
Robinson, 19, was first featured in this paper six years ago as a youngster to watch out for. Now a bank employee, he has fulfilled his potential.
“At first I was just a defender for the reserves, but we didn’t have anyone to make runs up front,” he said. “So I went up for 10 minutes in a match and scored twice and ended up playing there after that. I haven’t scored for the Premier side but hit the post a couple of times.”
Robinson claims he gets as much satisfaction as a defender as a prolific striker and is just happy to get picked.
He is relishing the forthcoming clash with Scholars International. “Scholars are a really good team, physical with good technique,” Robinson said. “But I think we can match them. It should be a great match.”
North Side are desperate for points, fearing relegation having gained only 10 all season and sit in the seventh place spot so it won’t be easy for Bodden Town.
At the TE McField Annex, Cayman Athletic play George Town in the early game and bottom side Tigers who have not won all season and only have three points to their name, play Scholars who have really found their stride in recent weeks.
At least Tigers got a confidence-boosting 3-1 first round FA Cup win against Cayman Brac before Easter thanks to a brace by Norman Montoya and a Brian Scott strike.
If Montoya plays against Scholars he could give them all kinds of trouble.
Elite are third with 35 points and although not a mathematical impossibility to still win the title, their form of late suggests they have more chance in the FA Cup of lifting a trophy after beating arch-rivals Scholars, 2-1.