Wotton and Blackspurs in action at the Wildey Turf this season.
With 2018 done and dusted, the race for promotion to the top tier from the Barbados Football Association’s Division 1 continues. After a season switch that saw the Barbados Premier League and the Division 1 competitions starting in the latter part of last year, all of the teams have completed their first round of games and will be picking back up the fight the coming days.
Similar to the top flight, Division 1 has been split into two groups and Whitehall Titans are at the top of Zone 1. Brandishing 15 points after playing seven matches, the St. Peter team look as they they have what it takes to be promoted having racked up four wins and three draws to remain unbeaten.
After being relegated last year from the Premier League, Silver Sands are in at second place with 11 points from three wins, two draws and two losses. They sit just ahead of Haynesville (10) who are on three wins, a draw and three losses, seven games in. Deacons Football Club are fourth with the same 10 points but trail due to goal difference.
Ivy Rovers are in sixth place with six points after taking two wins and five losses. The sixth spot in the standings is now empty after seeing Rendezvous ejected from the competition. However, all of their matches will go by default to the opponents who will be awarded three points and three goals.
In Zone 2, Wotton Football Club are leading things with 15 points. After missing out on this season's Premier League as they were beaten out in the play-offs by Youth Milan, Wotton are the only other unbeaten team in the competition with four wins and three draws in their seven games. Potential Ballers are next in line with 15 points as well. However, they have played eight games to get there and have four wins three draws and a loss.
Pride of Gall Hill are also on eight games but three wins, three draws and two losses see them on 12 points. Central League Spartans have been showing some since being promoted at the end of last season. After a solid start, they have eased up off the accelerator and now it in fourth with 10 points from seven games. They have three wins, three losses and one draw.
Blackspurs are on nine points but have only played six games to get there. They have some catching up to do and a record of two wins, three draws and one loss is not a bad start. Bagatelle and the Barbados Defence Force round out Zone 2 with seven points from seven games each. With two wins, a draw and four losses under their belts, both teams have an identical goal difference as well.