Bodden Town must stay calm

The crunch Premier League match of the season is between Scholars International and Bodden Town in two weeks’ time. 

No venue was announced at press time for the 5 May fixture, but wherever it is staged the ground will be packed with partisan fans and neutrals alike slavering at the anticipated cut and thrust action.  

Bodden Town all but sealed the Premier League title on Sunday by beating Tigers, 6-2, at the TE McField in an eventful match.  

Although the goals were superbly executed – including four for Bodden Town’s Dwayne “Gaza” Wright – it was riddled with bad incidents and both sides finished with only nine men from the four red cards issued. 

Gaza’s first three completed a “perfect” hat trick of his favoured left-foot blast, a header and a rare right-foot shot.  

The Bodden Town youngsters must restrain their emotions against an older, more experienced Scholars International who as champs from last term first had to stalk Elite at the top of the table before Christmas and for most of this year have had to do the same with BT.  

With two games to go, BT only need a draw to take the title and make good the pact they made amongst themselves this season to win the league for late teammate Gerome “Bird” Graham, 20, who died suddenly of a previously undetected enlarged heart last June. 

Bird’s brother Kareem James, 21, plays for BT so does another younger brother Jondane Dawkins, 12.  

Alex Belcher and Theron Wood got the other BT strikes. Tigers scorers were Alfredo Challenger and Eric Brown, both from penalties. 

Bodden Town have 50 points and a goal difference of 43. Scholars have 44 points and a goal difference of 42. It is a classic six-point scenario with high drama guaranteed.  

In the earlier game at the TE McField Annex, Jonah Ebanks and Emmanuel Brown scored for Academy in their 2-1 victory over North Side whose goal came in the dying seconds from Marvin Grant.  

At West Bay’s Ed Bush Sports Complex, Scholars maintained their push with a 2-0 win over George Town. Skipper Oneil Taylor and Carson Fagan were on target. Elite beat Cayman Athletic, 6-1, through four by Mark Ebanks and one apiece from Carlos Andrade and Jairo Sanchez. Darvin Watson got Athletic’s goal. Gaza brought his league tally to 18 with Mark Ebanks on 17 followed by Nahun Rodriguez of Scholars International on 15. 

It is FA Cup semifinal action this Sunday at the TE McField Annex. The draw had not been made by press time. The four teams involved are Roma, Bodden Town, George 
Town and Elite.