Fenwick concerned about ‘Boldon’ pitch
Just two days after pacy Tobago striker Rundell Winchester turned 20, Central FC coach Terry Fenwick is bargaining that the player will be on top of his game tonight and land “The Sharks” the 2013 FA Trophy. Former England international Fenwick is also concerned that gound conditions might not be ideal for tonight’s final.
“The (Ato Boldon Stadium) pitch is already taking a soaking these days and (is) overused as it is,” Fenwick said. “By the time we get to our game — the finale, which everyone is turning up to see — the surface will be terrible by the end of the third place match. I don’t see why they have to play a third place match in the FA, it doesn’t happen anywhere else.”
Beaten 2-1 by Caledonia AIA in last year’s final, “The Sharks” lost their last meeting against W Connection 1-0 in the Pro League recently. But two months ago, Central won 3-2 on penalties over Connection, following a 0-0 draw in the semi-final round of the First Citizens Cup.
Fenwick singled out 19-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international forward Winchester and winger Johan Peltier as players of influence tonight. Playmaker Marvin Oliver was injured but is expected back, yet starting left back Keion Goodridge remains injured.
“Winchester has done remarkably well for the national side, but hasn’t really played well for us in months,” the Central coach said of the Tobago player, despite Winchester’s brace in the 5-0 quarter-final win over St Mary’s College.
“It’s time he gave a decent performance for us. He must recognise the importance of doing well at club level if he has to continue doing well at international level.”
“Johan Peltier [meanwhile] has tremendous talent. Possibly more talent than his older brother,” Fenwick said. “But, he needs to be consistent at it, and Wednesday is a good opportunity to show that he is national material as well.”
Fenwick is confident that Central can win what may be a close final.
“We are confident going into the game,” Fenwick said. “They (W Connection) were lucky the last time we met. They converted the one chance they carved against us, while we wasted a lot of opportunities.”