United hoping to solidify top-flight spot with win over struggling Blackhawks

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By Neto Baptiste

Premier Division newcomers, All Saints United, are eyeing a victory against defending Champions Liberta Blackhawks in their Premier Division clash slated for Sunday, as they desperately seek to avoid relegation from the football association’s top flight.

Speaking following his team’s 2-1 triumph over Old Road on Saturday, coach Schyan Jeffers said he immediately informed his players of their chances of remaining in the competition with a win in their next fixture.

“As soon as we won that game [against Old Road] I went on my phone right away to check the point standings and see how we are going to move on from here and then I addressed my players in the dressing room and let them know that we can be a little excited because we have a little continuity in terms of the winning. We are getting somewhere but at the same time we have to put all of our focus on the Liberta game this weekend [Sunday] because it definitely going to be a championship game for us,” he said.

United are currently seventh in the standings with 19 points from 16 showings. They are just four points ahead of bottom played Five Islands FC who have 15 points.

Jeffers, a former national player, said he has done the math.

“I think 22 points enough and if we beat Liberta we will go four points ahead of Liberta and if Parham wins [against Old Road] his weekend then they will be three points behind of us and we have a better goal difference than Parham so even if they win their last game and we lose our last game then we will edge them out in goal difference,” the coach said.

United will face Blackhawks in the second game of a triple-headed on Sunday at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) starting at 5 pm.

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