Battle of the hotshots

Battle of the hotshots

Sharpshooters go head-to head: It's Chom and Royce versus Farina and Shol

THERE’S more than just three points at stake on Saturday when ACE travel to Flight Centre Premier League leaders Easts.

The league’s hotshots also go head-to-head – Chom Arop and Royce Brownlie for ACE, Jordan Farina and Youeil Shol for Easts.

Chom currently leads the BPL scoring charts with 12 goals (nine in the last five games), from Farina and Shol each with 11 and Royce just behind on eight.

It was ACE captain Royce whose header just before the interval clinched a narrow win over Easts at Wolter Park back in March.

But Easts are now top of the closest competition in years, five points ahead of ACE who are in seventh but with a game in hand.

“I think it’s going to be another close game and it doesn’t matter who scores (for us),” said Chom.

“There’s pressure on both teams. They are sitting top and we’re hoping to get to the top. If we beat them it will be good for us.

“I think this season might go right to the wire. At the moment you still cannot pick the favourites to win the league. It’s going to be good. Really good.

“We could be doing better. I think we could be fighting for top two at least and I’d prefer to be first on the team ladder, than the individual ladder.”

After three goals in his first seven BPL games this season, Chom exploded on to the scoring charts with a hat-trick against Souths and has found the net in every game since.

But he is not taking plaudits. “It’s been a team effort,” said Chom, “I’ve been putting in work with Pouria and Royce. They have been making it easy for me to put the goals in. Pouria and Royce.

“We’ve worked on positioning, attacking plays, reading the play more instead of always running. Understanding the situation and then making a move.

“Things like that and it’s definitely made me feel more confident.”

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