Bygrave reaching top form
A few weeks ago, it could be argued that former Dunbeholden forward Atapharoy Bygrave's time at Mount Pleasant was a failure this season.
The Jamaica Premier League's (JPL) top scorer last season failed to rekindle the form that he showed over the two previous seasons, as striking mate Trevante Stewart led the line for the St Ann-based Mount Pleasant.
However, in recent weeks, Bygrave has been finding his goal-scoring touch with four goals in his last two matches, including a hat-trick against Chapelton in their last game.
According to Bygrave, he has been training hard to get his form back. He is elated with the recent upturn.
"I am very pleased with my performance. I have been working very hard in training to get sharpened up, and it is coming. It's now down to crunch time, and I am just working hard to get in form and get some goals," Bygrave said.
He noted that he has been working in front of goal and knew it was only a matter of time before the goals would come.
Bygrave is well off the league's leading scorers, which include Colin Anderson with 16, teammate Stewart 14, Fabian Reid 14 and Jason Wright 12, but he aims to equal the 11 goals he scored last season.
"The coach has been working with me and my partner Trevante Stewart. We are just putting in the hard work, and it's paying off.
"It is not that I found it hard to get back on track. I am now on seven goals, and I aim to reach back my target from last season.
"Even though Fabian Reid is on fire right now, and it is hard to catch him and the leaders back, I will try to continue to do what I do best, which is scoring goals," he said.
Last season, Bygrave was within a whisker of winning the title with Dunbeholden but succumbed to Harbour View on penalties in the final and with Mount Pleasant desperately seeking to win the national title, he is eager to help them reach the promised land.
"The aim is to win the league, and that motivates me to score goals. I just try to work hard and try to keep scoring.
"The coach told us that it will be a rough one (to win the title) and that every team will come to play us hard, even the weakest teams, just like Chapelton who came out to fight us but in the end, we got the result that we need, and that is what we need to do," Bygrave said.