W Connection’s Hughtun Hector eyes three crucial points against Morvant Caledonia

​Photo: W Connection forward Jamal Charles, right, controls the ball ahead of Morvant Caledonia United defender Otev Lawrence during the 2016/17 Pro League season.

W Connection will attempt to snap a two-game winless spell on Friday when they tackle Morvant Caledonia United from 8pm in the second game of a Pro League double-header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Connection (13 points) are second on the 2017 standings behind leaders North East Stars (16 points), who after this weekend will have two games in hand, with their latest fixture against San Juan Jabloteh shifted to August 22, due to the latter’s involvement in the inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF League for qualified clubs from Central America and the Caribbean.

“Not coming away with three points against (Morvant) Caledonia will make it even harder on us (W Connection),” said veteran Connection midfielder Hughtun Hector.

“We are one of the top clubs in Trinidad and three years without winning the League title is a long time. We want to be champions again. And it’s important that we keep the pressure on North East Stars and be in a good position heading into the second [and final] round.”
​Photo: W Connection midfielder Hughtun Hector skips a challenge after scoring against Morvant Caledonia United at the Hasely Crawford Stadium training field last season in the Pro League (2016/17).
Connection kicked off the truncated 2017 Pro League (18 matches) campaign with three consecutive wins, defeating St. Ann’s Rangers (1-0), Point Fortin Civic (2-1) and Club Sando (3-1) along the way. But suffered a narrow loss to Police (0-1) through an own goal by their fourth game.

Stuart Charles-Fevrier’s men rebounded with a win and a draw against Jabloteh (3-1) and North East Stars (2-2) respectively, but their latest outing ended in a disappointing 4-1 loss to Defence Force—a side that had not won in five previous outings.

“Two games in hand [for North East Stars against Central FC and Jabloteh] are plenty,” continued the 32-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international. “But we must drop our heads. Winning against Caledonia will give us a good lift and could be crucial for us in challenging for the League title.”
​Image: Trinidad and Tobago Pro League 2017 Round One Match Day Nine fixtures.
Rangers will face Civic in a bottom-of-the-table clash in the first game at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Friday from 6pm, but like Morvant Caledonia, the St. Ann’s club have not been competitive in almost three weeks since a shock 1-0 win over three-time defending champions Central on July 14.

Last weekend’s carded game between Rangers and Morvant Caledonia had to be rescheduled to a date still to be determined.

Morvant Caledonia are undefeated in their last two outings but winless in five consecutive matches since their opening 2-1 win over Club Sando on June 9.

Sando, a side unbeaten in their last five outings, also returns to play this weekend, when they host Defence Force from 4pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium on Saturday.

Then on Monday from 6pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium training field, Police FC will tackle Central FC—a side that will be fresh from their involvement in the CONCACAF League.

Upcoming Pro League 2017 fixtures
Round One Match Day Nine
(Friday 4 August 2017)
Hasely Crawford Stadium
St. Ann’s Rangers vs Point Fortin Civic—6pm
Morvant Caledonia United vs W Connection—8pm

(Saturday 5 August 2017)
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
Club Sando vs Defence Force—4pm

(Monday 7 August 2017)
Hasely Crawford Stadium training field
Police FC vs Central FC—6pm