Michael Blygen’s hat-trick rescued Boys’ Town from embarrassment against lower leaguers Maxfield Park, in their Locker Room Sports KSAFA/Jackie Bell Knockout game at Collie Smith Complex yesterday.The home team surrendered a two-goal lead to the Major League outfit, which came back from two-nil down to level at 2-2. But two late goals from the former Tivoli Gardens striker saw the home team win 4-2.After a dour and goalless first half, Boys’ Town went in front just before the hour (59th) when Blygen flicked the ball over the Maxfield goalkeeper and it fell into the goal. Minutes later, Chavanney Willis made it 2-0 when he latched on to a through ball and slotted home.However, the visitors responded minutes later when Romaine Mullington was on the end of a good build-up to tap the ball past the Boys’ Town custodian. And before Boys’ Town realised what hit them, Nico Reynolds, Maxfield’s best player, equalised with a rasping shot from the edge of the box.Maxfield nearly went ahead in the 80th minute, but referee Carvel Banton adjudged that the ball had not crossed the goalline. Then on the counter, Boys’ Town went straight up field and Blygen capitalised on a loose ball to make it 3-2.The former Humble Lion and Rivoli player sealed the win two minutes from time when he broke away and calmly slotted home.Blygen spent the second-half of last season in the Dominican Republic, but missed most of that campaign through injury.”So far in the Premier League, things have been very disappointing. I hope this will be a stepping stone for me to get more playing time and deliver for my team and try to help them make the top four,” he said.”Last season, I joined Boys’ Town in January, then went on a trial overseas in Dominica Republic. I made the team and played three matches, but injury got the better of me. But this season I am back, so I am just taking it a step at a time and doing my best and see what happens.”So I hope this hat-trick gives coach more confidence in me because I have always worked hard, but the team has been up and down; we are not being consistent. So I hope that this is a stepping stone for me to get time on the pitch,” he reasoned.Coach Andrew Price is also hoping this is a turning point for his striker.”I hope that this will be a catalyst for him (Blygen) to assist us in the third round. Boys’ Town always play better football in the third round, and we are preparing ourselves assiduously to really make a good run and see where it leads us,” he declared.Yesterday’s resultsBarbican 1 UWI 0Waterhouse 2 Maverley/Hughenden 1Boys’ Town 4 Maxfield 2Today’s games3 p.m. August Town vs Bull Bay at UWI Mona Bowl3 p.m. Olympic Gardens vs Real Mona at Cling Cling Oval3 p.m. Rockfort vs Cavalier at Rockfort3 p.m. Cooreville Gardens vs Arnett Gardens at Duhaney Park7 p.m. Harbour View vs Tivoli Gardens at Harbour View Stadium
Twenty per cent of Government contracts will be awarded to small businesses from next year, as moves are currently afoot to modify the procurement process to facilitate the execution of a provision in the Small Business Act which allows for this to happen.Business Minister Dominic GaskinBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin told a year-end press conference of the Small Business Bureau (SBB) that the process should come on stream by the second quarter of the New Year.He said the proposed mechanism is to assess the current procurement process to determine if extra points are needed to be given for registered small businesses and on what criteria.“The idea is to create a system to allow us to assess the value of contracts and percentage of contracts that actually go to small businesses and then to intervene if necessary to provide an extra incentive for small businesses,” he explained.Gaskin noted too that the modified system would have to be integrated with the recently established Public Procurement Commission (PPC) which will be taking over the role of the Cabinet to review suggestions made by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).The Business Minister explained that the authorities are likely to run a pilot programme in the first quarter of the year to assess whether the proposed mechanism is workable.Thereafter, the system will be extended to the Ministries which conduct their own procurement process for particular goods or services.Minister of State Joseph Harmon had explained that by activating this provision, everyone will “get a piece of the pie”.“If the country gives out $10 billion in contracts per year, 20 per cent of that should go to small contractors,” he had stated.For years, small businesses have been complaining about larger enterprises getting the bulk of the contracts being awarded by Government.The 20 per cent of contracts will be awarded yearly and the Business Minister had previously estimated that it would amount to some $15 billion.