The likes of Brittons Hill United, the Barbados Soccer Academy and Youth Milan have a mammoth task ahead of them when the Barbados Premier League resumes on March 9th as they are the ones staring down the barrel of the relegation gun. With the island's top flight on hold as the senior national team takes on regional competition in the Windward Islands Football Association tournament, a few teams have their work cut out for them if they expect to stay up. With eight games remaining across the board teams in both zones will be looking to capitalise and take home the best of what is left in a bid to secure safe spots in the standings.
In Zone 1, two-time defending champions Weymouth Wales are still ahead of the pack despite going down in a 2-1 upset to Clayton's Kola Tonic Notre Dame in their last game . The Carrington Village-based side hold on to pole position with 23 points after seven wins, two draws and five losses.
Only four points separate them from the University of the West Indies Blackbirds as the former champions racked up 19 points from five wins, four draws and five losses. The Dames, who looked destined for the relegation playoff after a slow start, have found some form in recent games after winning their last three and now stand on 17. With two draws and seven losses accounting for points dropped, the Dames have also taken home five wins to help them to the tally. Mark's Auto Spares Porey Spring (12) are in fourth place and safe right now as they have three wins, three draws and eight losses.
Brittons Hill and RBC Capital Markets Barbados Soccer Academy round out the group in fifth and sixth place. With both teams on nine points from two wins, three draws and nine losses, it is goal-difference that sets them apart. Brittons Hill have -15 from 15 goals scored and 30 conceded. Although BSA have also scored 15, having 33 put past them sees them on -18.
In Zone 2, after having been ruled by the iron fist of Empire Club for most of the season, many-time champions, Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme have slugged their way to the top after a 2-0 win over the Bank Hall side. The soldiers now stand on 32 points from 10 wins, two draws and two losses.
Empire have the same stats and only sit in second place on virtue of goal-difference. The soldiers are by far superior with 41 scored and 11 conceded for a difference of 30. Empire have scored 25 and saw 12 over their line for a difference of 13.
Paradise FC are the next-nearest on 27 points from eight wins, three draws and three losses. Crane and Equipment Ellerton are in striking distance of the Dover boys with 24 points after seven wins, three draws and four losses.
Although they are in a playoff position, Scotty's Car Rentals St. Andrew Lions (23) are still in the running as they are just one point off the pace. They have seven wins, two draws and five losses for fifth place.
Youth Milan are at the bottom of the barrel after a strong showing in Division 1 to make their way back to the Premier League. They join Brittons Hill and BSA in single digits on nine points after two wins, three draws and nine losses.
With the national team in St. Vincent and the Grenadines until March 9th, the league kicks back up on March 9th and 10th