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Reno look to rebound in Western Confed Super League

PAUL A REID Observer writer

Sunday, January 12, 2014    

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FROME, Westmoreland — Fresh off their first loss of the season, Reno FC will seek to maintain their lead in the Jamaica Football Federation Captain's Bakery and Grill/Charleys JB Rums Western Confederation Super League when they take on a slumping Norwood Strikers at Frome Sports Grounds today, starting at 3:00 pm.

Reno FC were ambushed 3-2 by Granville United on Wednesday, but are still ahead in the points table by a single point, ahead of Holland United and Savannah SC who will both meet at Elliston Wakeland today.

Granville will seek to maintain their good form when they face Sandals Whitehouse, while Village United and Lucea will meet at Trelawny Stadium in a game between two teams in the bottom three.

Reno FC will be defending a 10-game unbeaten run at Frome stretching back to last season when they won six times and drew twice at Frome, and have won their first two games there so far this season.

Despite the good goal scoring form of Rushane Reid, a former Reno player, Norwood Strikers have lost both games played in 2014 and have dropped to seventh in the 12-team league on seven points, and will be desperate for a win or even a draw.

Interestingly, Reno FC are yet to beat the St James club after two meetings last year. Norwood got their first win in the Super League at Reno's expense last year, edging them 1-0 in Montego Bay, then carved out a 1-1 draw at Frome in the return game.

On present form, however, Reno must be given the edge to get the win and return to winning ways.

The clash between second-placed Holland United and third-placed Savannah SC at Elliston Wakeland will feature the only two unbeaten teams left in the competition and could produce the best game of the day.

Savannah, who were dumped out of the Red Stripe Premier League last season after just one attempt, are coming off back-to-back wins for the first time this year, both 1-0 margins, but Holland United have shown early signs they could be champions this year with a good all-round team.

Promoted Sandals White House have also won back-to-back games for the first time and while the confidence will be sky high, they will take on a Granville team that is coming off a big win over Reno.

Both teams are tied on nine points along with Montego Bay Boys Club and a win could lift them into a top-three position.

Village United should get only their second win when they face Lucea FC, the only winless team in the competition and home field advantage should be the key.

Games on today

Holland Utd vs Savannah SC @ EWYC

Reno FC vs Norwood Strikers @ Frome Sports Ground

Sandals Whitehouse FC vs Granville FC @ Crocs Land Play Field

Village Utd vs Lucea FC @ Trelawny Stadium

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