Defence Force eyes Digicel Pro League top spot

Defence Force head coach Marvin Gordon.

Monday 7 December 2015

After losing Sunday’s final of the Toyota Classic 2015 to W Connection, Defence Force head coach Marvin Gordon is now hoping to pick up the pieces and focus on the Digicel Pro League (DPL) top spot.

Defence Force (8 points) are second to leaders North East Stars (10 points) on the DPL 2015-16 standings after four games but tied on points tally with third place defending champions Central FC.

Gordon’s side will welcome eight place Point Fortin Civic (4 points) on Wednesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium from 8 pm after seventh place San Juan Jabloteh meets fifth place, yes, fifth place St. Ann’s Rangers from 6 pm at the Port of Spain venue.

Sloppy defending and a red card sending off of forward Devorn Jorsling a minute before the break contributed heavily on Defence Force’s 4-0 defeat as W Connection claimed a fourth Toyota Classic crown and a second major title this season.

“It’s back to the drawing board in the morning,” said Gordon after Sunday’s Toyota Classic final defeat. “We have a league encounter against Civic on Wednesday. We are in line to challenge for the league title this season and the first round (Rawle Fletcher Trophy) of the league because we are two points behind the leaders. We have to keep working day in, day out, if we are to achieve anything.”

Connection, meanwhile, will feature in a simultaneous double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Wednesday.

The Savonetta Boys are currently on an 11-game undefeated streak in all competitions but occupy sixth place on the DPL standings with four drawn fixtures in as many matches.

W Connection (4 points) will face leaders North East Stars from 6 pm at the Couva venue followed by fourth place Police FC (6 points) against Central FC from 8 pm.

Although having defeated North East Stars 3-0 in the quarter-finals of the Toyota Classic last month, Connection head coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier remains wary of the current DPL leaders.

“We have a game on Wednesday against North East Stars and we have to prepare for that,” Charles-Fevrier said on Sunday night. “…because North East Stars will be a tough game as well.”

The DPL action kicks off on Tuesday with a bottom of the table clash between cellar place Club Sando and ninth place Morvant Caledonia United from 3 pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

Both sides are with just one point from their previous four league outings.

Digicel Pro League 2015-16
Tuesday 8 December
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
Club Sando vs Morvant Caledonia United—3 pm

Wednesday 9 December
Hasely Crawford Stadium
San Juan Jabloteh vs St. Ann’s Rangers—6 pm
Defence Force vs Point Fortin Civic—8 pm

Ato Boldon Stadium
W Connection vs North East Stars—6 pm
Police FC vs Central FC—8 pm