Western Bureau:Afiba Chambers scored a 90th-minute header to give FC Reno their first win of the two-week-old Red Stripe Premier League season, a 1-0 win over Humble Lion at the Frome Sports Ground yesterday.The match was originally scheduled for Sunday but was called off minutes into the action because of heavy rain.Yesterday, midfielder Chambers, Kadeem Stone, and forward Romario Brown looked sharp in attack alongside the returning Davion Thorpe, who spent a number of seasons at former Westmoreland parish champions Savannah FC.The goal came after a swift build-up. With the ball won in Reno’s defensive third, they moved it quickly through the Humble Lion midfield area before the referee whistled for a foul on Jashane Foster.From the resulting free-kick, the ball was sent to the far post and headed back across goal to Chambers, who nodded the ball into an unguarded net.The win moved the Westmoreland-based club from tenth in the standings to five points and fourth place on goal difference alongside Portmore United.The visitors only had themselves to blame as they created enough chances to score but failed to do so.Their best chance fell to Woolery Wolf, who missed the target from inside the area in the 37th minute.After that, they had several other close attempts wasted, leaving coach Donovan Duckie ruing the missed chances.”It’s early, and, of course, we never want to lose any game, but it’s best we lose them now than later. I think we have enough time to get it right,” he said.It was the opposite sentiment for Downswell. He praised his players’ never-say-die attitude, saying he is expecting much more from them this season.”We have a really young team and they played reasonably well today. The game itself was a good one tactically for both teams, the difference being the mistake the Humble Lion made, and we got the goal,” he noted.
Tee Jay Klassen v.s. Mike BoudoinMorgan Littlechils v.s. Tang ThongpengBlake Shearing v.s. Michael HayTyler O’Brian v.s. Chris Chapman “Training has been going really well. I’ve been basically training non stop all year without a break. This will be my fourth fight this year so it’s been a busy year,” he admits. “I’m not going to lie, I’m a little worn out but I’m ready for this one and ready to get it over with and take a break.”Wilson brings a variety of skills to the cage and knows Krahn will is a well rounded fighter that will provide a stiff test.“It’s basically a striking style but I’ve learned some jiu-jistu and won my last three fights by submission so I don’t know what I am now,” he says. ” Krahn is a veteran guy. He’s had 20 pro MMA fights; he’s a tough guy and I’m not taking him lightly. He’s good on the feet, good on the ground and good all around. I’m looking forward to it.As for Gary Peck, Donally says Peck brings two main things to the table when it comes to taking on his opponents.Advertisement “Strength, and size,” he chuckles. “Gary doesn’t move like a ballerina or anything. He’s earned his nickname ‘The Grizzly’ for a reason. He’s just a big guy that comes to fight. We’ve been working with Gary for three or four years and tuned up his skills. He hasn’t got as many fights as we would have liked. He’s had a couple fall through. It’s really hard to find heavyweights in Canada, so Gary should have five or six fights by now. He’s right in the heap, if he wins this he’ll be 3-1 and that puts him probably in the top five in Canada. Craig Hudson is ranked number five so a win over Hudson puts him right there.”After Friday’s card, the Fivestar Fight League will turn its focus to next year which will have seven or eight cards scheduled.The other bouts on Friday’s card are listed below:Raph Berman v.s. Marcus HicksRick Pfeifer v.s. Mark DelgadoAdvertisement Peck will be fighting in the main event of the evening as he takes on the Fivestar Heavyweight Champion Craig Hudson of Paris, Ontario, while Wilson will be stepping into the cage against Cody Krahn.Fivestar Owner and Promoter Justin Donally says fans should be looking forward to the Peck and Hudson battle, along with the Chad Freeman, Zach Gait tilt for the Lightweight Title.“Well they can look to see in the main event two of the biggest, best heavyweights in Canada going at it for the Heavyweight Title for Fivestar,” he says. “Co-main event we’re finally crowning a 155 Lightweight Champion. Chad Freeman vacated his King of the Cage title to come fight for us, so we’re pretty excited about that one. There’s lots of local guys we’ve got Duncan Wilson, Gary Peck, Tee Jay Klassen, Mike Boudoin all out of Fort St. John on the card. We’re looking at nine fights on the card, an all pro show, no amateur fights so it’s shaped up good.”- Advertisement -Donally says that Duncan Wilson was initially suppose to challenge for the Welterweight Title on the card but that fight has been postponed. Wanting to stay sharp in the cage, Wilson wanted to keep on fighting and he’ll be put to the test against Edmonton’s Cody Krahn.“Duncan is looking to get to 170. He was suppose to be fighting for the 170 belt on this card but that fight fell through. We’re rescheduling that for the new year. Duncan just wanted to keep busy, trying to get to the next level. He took one more fight at 185 against Cody Krahn and Cody is one of the best gamers in the country. He’s 12-8, he’s fought everybody, he’s from Edmonton, he’s a really tough guy, so this is a big step up for Duncan. We’re excited for Duncan for that one, for Fivestar, for the Fight League, and the club. Look for him to go to welterweight in the new year and challenge for the title.” Wilson says that training has been going well up to this point and he looks forward to taking some time off after the tilt.Advertisement