By Rawle Welch
Correcting the weaknesses which evidently and unfortunately manifested themselves during their semi-final encounter against defending champions Christianburg / Wismar Secondary School was the fixation of Bush Lot Secondary School Head Coach John Gordon as he took the team through their paces yesterday, at the Seafield Community Centre ground in West Coast Berbice.
Gordon was speaking with Kaieteur Sport shortly before he commenced a practice session with the players ahead of their third place showdown against BV Secondary School on Sunday as the 4th Annual Digicel Schools Football Competition climaxes, at the National Stadium.
According to the Head Coach the guys squandered a good opportunity to beat the defending champs after taking a slim 1-0 lead deep into regulation time before a moment of lapse allowed CWSS to gain the equaliser and then go on to win the game in a penalty shootout.
“We had an excellent chance to win the game, but our penalty shooting was terrible, while the midfielders were conceding possession too easily and those mistakes caused us the game and a place in the final,” Gordon said.
He said that is why they’ve focused mainly on correcting those faults, adding that while they’ve never seen BV play, they are confident of winning providing the players correct the identified weaknesses.
Gordon was adamant that Bush Lot possesses very good players and assured their fans that come Sunday they will definitely see a more prepared and focused team.
Responding to the question of whether the team’s outstanding performance this year has heightened awareness of the sport at the school he said it really has and was confident that come next year they will be better prepared and could go all the way.
“Even with the loss of a few players for the next tournament we still have a lot of other layers who will come up from Third Form to replace those going off and they are just as good so we are in good shape moving forward,” Gordon assured.
He revealed that the plan right now is to construct a field at the school so that the players could practice constantly just like CWSS and a few others have the luxury of doing.
Gordon reckoned players such as Captain Marlon Nicholson, who is having a wonderful tournament, Royan Schultz, Adrian Price, Jevon McKenzie, Eric Callender and goalkeeper Shane James will be the ones that their chance of winning will depend on.
“Our 4-4-2 formation will remain the same except for a stronger midfield and come Sunday BV will have a taste of our full repertoire.”
He said because it is the first time that the team has progressed so far and the Management and Staff are extremely proud of them and wish them well in the playoff for third place.
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