Sunday, December 17, 2017

Fevrier wants consistency

The lead is now halved, but there is no need to worry.

W Connection head-coach Stuart Charles Fevrier  is  not panicking,  despite one-time runaway Digicel Pro League leaders W Connection having had their lead cut to just eight points,  with nine match days still left in the season.

“We are seeking to be consistent,” Fevrier said, “but if  we fail to be consistent, someone else will win the League. The League is a journey, not  an occasion.”

The 2013-2014 Pro League leaders were held 0-0 by Caledonia AIA on Thursday night at Ato Boldon Stadium, a match in which the visitors pressed and had the better early chances. 

Still, it took a good piece of work from Caledonia’s Grenadian goalkeeper Shemel Louison later in the match to prevent Connection’s St Kitts-Nevis born captain Gerard Williams claiming the winning goal.

W Connection have not won since beating North East Stars 2-0 in January. 

They lost for the first time this month, when going down 2-1 to  in-form second-placed Point Fortin Civic, and were held by both Central FC (2-2) and Caledonia since then. 

Connection at one time led the league by 15 points after picking up 10 wins and two draw from their opening 12 matches. 

However, in the last three matches they picked up just two points from a possible nine. 

The Digicel Pro League leaders  have 34 points, and are still eight clear of chasing Point Fortin Civic. 

Meanwhile, the draw moved  Caledonia,  up a spot into fifth with 22 points.

“The game was a very tight one. I think both teams cancelled out each other, and there were few chances,” Fevrier said,  “I think a draw was a fair result.

W Connection struggled to get out of their half early on and were only spared by a combination of strong defence and Caledonia’s shyness with the few chances they had in front of goal. 

Also, credit St Kitts-Nevis goalkeeper Jelani Archibald for keeping W Connection in the match with two good first half saves. 

Archibald kept out Noel Williams’ header in the 22nd minute after Tyronne Charles’ crossed picked out the left-midfielder free in the penalty area. 

The Caledonia captain Steffan David provided the cross which Keyon Edwards turned wide just five minute later. 

And it  took a good block from central defender Daneil Cyrus to keep the score level when he charged down a volley from Caledonia midfielder Akim Armstrong.

Fevrier was first to blink and made three changes before Caledonia looked to their bench. Tremain Shay Paul replaced veteran  Silvio Spann early on, while in the second half,  young Suriname striker Demitrie Apai replaced Devaughn Elliot  and Fevrier also boosted his attack by  replacing Jerrel Britto with  the speedster Neil Benjamin Jr in the 75th.  

A minute later, Caledonia responded with a double change, bringing on Grenadian forward Denron Frederick for Edwards and American Ralph Lundy for Williams. Nical Stephens also replaced Charles in midfield with 10 minutes left.

Connection midfielder Joevin Jones had a try on either side of half time, including finding the side-netting in the 66th minute. 

However, it took a flying save from keeper Louison within the final 10 minutes to stop W Connection winning the match after Williams fired a powerful, low shot to goal



Caledonia AIA 0  W Connection 0



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