Dino Williams slowly returning to old goalscoring self

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

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TUCKER, St James — For the most part of the Red Stripe Premier League season, Dino Williams, who missed most of the first round, was a shadow of his prodigious goalscoring self. Until the last four games that is.

After scoring just one goal, the former national payer has exploded for five in his last four games, bagging two braces against Boys' Town and Harbour View FC in their rescheduled game at Wespow Park on Sunday.

Both goals — a left-booted side-footed volley in the 12th minute and a full-blooded drive, after a mistake from Harbour View's centre half and captain Nicholas Beckett saw him get the ball with acres of space and punish them with a shot into the top right-hand corner of the goal — were taken with authority of a man in form.

Yet Williams, who is carrying a bit more weight than he normally does and covers less ground than would be expected, says he is not at full fitness. He still suffers from a groin injury that has dogged him over the past three seasons and which has cost him a place on the national team and lucrative contracts overseas.

After Sunday's game, Williams told the Jamaica Observer that not much has changed in his approach to games he can ascribe to his sudden return to goalscoring form.

“Nothing special... I am not 100 per cent fit, so I have to play smart,” said the man, who was seen in constant conversation with his bench late in the match as he tried to stretch the bothersome groin while time ran out in the game.

He does relish playing against Harbour View, however, a team that has only beaten Montego Bay United twice in their last 12 regular season meetings.

“When it comes to Harbour View, over the last couple of years I seem to have been having some good fortune against them, some luck and it's good to come out and get two more goals for my team today,” said Williams.

The return of coach Timothy Hankinson, the striker claims, has also helped his journey back to form.

“When you have a manager who believes in you, it brings out the best in you and makes you play harder, and we have a good manager in Tim and he gets the best out of us,” he noted.

With the extended absence of Owayne Gordon, who has played in the US second tier the last two seasons and has been a part of the national set- up, the bulk of the goal-scoring has fallen on Williams and he does not shirk that responsibility.

“I have to lead the team from the front and have taken on that responsibility for a few years now,” he said.

Hankinson, who had tried to lure Williams to the Indy XI in the North American Soccer League two years ago before the player failed a medical examination, knows his player's potential.

“He's great on the spot... you can't expect a lot of work from him, not a lot of pressuring from him, but given the chance, he is as good as we have got as far as having the ability to finish it off,” noted Hankinson.

— Paul Reid

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