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PHUKET: Thai Yamaha Division 1 survival is still within reach ahead of Phuket FC’s final two matches of the season, despite a 2-1 away-loss on Saturday night to promotion contenders Bangkok United.

Held at Bangkok’s Thai-Japanese Stadium in the heart of the capital, the 32nd match of the 34-fixture season was both side’s third match inside of a week.

The official turnout of 1,765 fans included about a hundred die-hard Phuket fans, many of whom had travelled to the capital on a free bus provided by president Pamuk Achirayachai.

Despite the overwhelming odds, it was Phuket who got the upper-hand first, going ahead 1-0 in the 6th minute from a penalty kick taken by Watcharakorn Klaithin.

The visitors were awarded the spot kick after a home side player handled the ball inside the penalty box after a corner kick.

Adopting a defensive stance, the Islanders maintained their lead through most of the first half, with the pressure mounting on Bangkok to equalize.

To little surprise, the 2nd placed Bangkok “Angels” dominated possession and scoring chances, taking a total of nine shots at goal compared to only two by Phuket.

It would come down to their final shot in the 2nd minute of injury time of the first-half however, to beat Phuket’s tight defensive line.

After failing to score on a number of close-range strikes, the Angels’ leading scorer, Romain Gasmi, decided to test the keeper from long range with a beautifully weighted shot to the far post.

Scoring his 17th of the season, the Frenchman made scoring from 40 meters look easy, restoring his side’s confidence with a 1-1 scoreline at the break.

The second half was not much different from the first, with Bangkok again enjoying most of the possession and scoring chances, taking 10 more shots at goal to Phuket’s two.

The Angels’ sustained attacking finally paid off with a goal in the 77th minute by Alef Poiji who converted a pass across the box from Sompong Soleb.

The home side’s Paul Bekombo Ekollo scored again minutes later, but the goal was disallowed due to a questionable offside flag, keeping the score 2-1.

For the goals and other highlights, click here.

Despite five minutes of added time, and several counter-attack and set play chances, Phuket were unable to find an equalizer.

Taking their tally to 70 points Bangkok secured 2nd place in the table and remain in contention for the three-team promotion, as well as the division championship, currently led by Ratchaburi Mitrphol FC (73 points).

A home loss by Pattalung on Saturday, as well as subsequent losses on Sunday by JW Rangsit and Rajpracha (see below) – Phuket’s remaining two opponents – eased the pressure on the Islanders, but only a bit.

Shocking home wins by Songkhla and Khon Kaen to top sides over the weekend knocked Phuket back down into 14th place – the final relegation spot.

Though Phuket’s two remaining opponents now have no chance of climbing out of the 5-team relegation pot, the Islanders will still need to win, while also relying on loss or draw results of four other teams.

Indeed, Phuket, Pattalung, Songkhla, Khon Kaen and Bangkok FC will all closely be monitoring each others performance in the final two weeks – as only three will survive with the other two bound for the Division 2 regional leagues.

Thai Yamaha 1 Week-32 results
Sri Racha 5 – 1 Pattalung
Songkhla 1 – 0 PTT Rayong
Korat 5 – 0 Chanthaburi
JW Rangsit 0 – 3 Krabi FC
Rajpracha 0 – 3 Royal Navy
Bangkok FC 3 – 3 Gulf Saraburi
Suphanburi 2 – 1 Airforce Utd
Khon Kaen 1 – 0 Ratchaburi

Week 33 Fixtures (all matches to be played 4pm on October 20)
Bangkok FC vs Sri Racha
Suphanburi vs Saraburi
Khon Kaen vs Pattalung
Bangkok Utd vs Airforce Utd
Korat vs Ratchaburi
Rajpracha vs Phuket
JW Rangsit vs Chanthaburi
Songkhla vs Royal Navy
PTT Rayong vs Krabi

Week 34 Fixtures (all matches to be played 4pm on October 27)
Bangkok FC vs Krabi FC
Royal Navy vs PTT Rayong
Chanthaburi vs Songkhla
Phuket vs JW Rangsit
Ratchaburi vs Rajpracha
Airforce Utd vs Korat
Pattalung vs Bangkok Utd
Saraburi vs Khon Kaen
Sri Racha vs Suphanburi

Thailand Champions League (Division 2 promotion playoffs) Week 2/10 results
Trang 0 – 1 Rayong FC
Thai Honda 0 – 3 Trat FC
Chiang Mai 0 – 1 Sri Saket Utd
Roi Et Utd 0 – 1 Ayutthaya FC
Rayong Utd 1 – 0 Pitsanulok
Pak Nam Po 1-1 Pattani FC

— Steven Layne

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Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions

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Three of Thailand’s biggest expat areas are seeing sharp rises in new infections, partly from pre-Songkran traffic. The Songkran holidays, now officially over (but will see many people taking today off and making a weekend Songkran extension), and the government says they are expecting to see a rise in the cases numbers reported in the popular holiday locations.

Chon Buri Public Health office says they now have a total of 910 infections since April 1. They have 103 new cases in the past 24 hours. Most new cases are in Bang Lamung district which includes Pattaya City with 47, Siracha with 12) & Chon buri City with 8.

Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions | News by Thaiger

Meanwhile Phuket has a total of 142 infections recorded on the island with the Governor still insisting there will be no need for a lockdown. Here’s a breakdown of the areas and the numbers of recorded infections so far (below).

Governor Narong announced that the Phuket Infectious Disease Control Committee won’t be implementing an official lockdown, but will “strictly raise the intensity of public health measures to counter the spread of Covid-19″.

“Everyone should wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, wash their hands frequently and install the Mor Chana app (available for free from App Store and Google Play Store).”

A meeting of the CCSA, chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is expected to upgrade restrictions in red zone areas around the country, which includes Phuket and Pattaya. Read more about the latest red and orange zones HERE.

Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions | News by Thaiger

For Hua Hin expats, there’s been 100 new Covid-19 infections announced in Prachuap Khiri Khan in the past 24 hours, 75 cases from Hua Hin. This takes the total in the province since April 1 to 625. Hua Hin accounts for nearly 90% of the district’s total cases.

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Footbridges stop luxury yacht travelling from Phuket to Samui

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PHOTO: Thailand's version of the Suez Canal blockage.

Footbridges in Phuket stood in the way of a luxury yacht travelling from its home in Phuket to Koh Samui when the boat was too tall to pass. Police received a call around 8 pm last night from the truck driver after his trailer carrying the yacht had trouble getting under one of several bridges for walkers to pass over the highway. The boat was travelling down Thepkrasattri Road, where it was stopped by the bridge near Baan Tha Reua School. The boat also had trouble at the pedestrian bridge at the Provincial Electricity Authority Thalang Branch and the bridge at Baan Lipon School in Srisoonthorn.

All the bridges were supposed to have a 5-metre clearance, though one observer speculated that all the repaving of the road over the years may have raised the road and lowered the clearance. Traffic police responded to the first bridge incident by sending officers to direct traffic and make sure bikes and cars didn’t pass and impeded progress on freeing the boat. The second incident about 30 minutes later was resolved by letting air out of the truck’s tires to lower it just enough to pass under the bridge. The third snag prompted the driver to go in person to the Thalang Police station to request help yet again.

This time police were less amused and suggested the truck driver try to resolve the issue himself and call back to the police only if he was unable to free the luxury yacht. A traffic police officer went to follow up with the stranded boat at the end of his shift and found the driver had given up and decided to return the yacht to its Phuket origin at Boat Lagoon Marina in Koh Kaew. The boat, now damaged from the bridge bumps, wasn’t going to make it to Surat Thani to be sailed to Koh Samui on this journey. The boat radar had broken off on one of the bridges. No word on any major damage to the pedestrian bridges.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Hotel blog suggests Phuket should push ahead with July reopening despite Covid surge

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PHOTO: Hotels and other tourism business are hoping the July 1st reopening goal can still be achieved.

A hotel information blog is claiming that, despite growing Covid-19 numbers, Phuket should stick to its schedule in reopening to travellers without quarantine in July. That’s only 2 and a half months away.

In an interview with the Director of Travel and Tourism Consulting at GlobalData, they stressed that while it is crucial to rein in the spread of Covid-19 and the B117 strain now menacing Thailand, the risk must not overshadow the need to push forward with vaccinations and the march towards eliminating the quarantine by July in order to save the tourism industry and all those dependent on it.

“The Phuket pilot program is essential in creating a path towards economic recovery for Thailand, a country heavily dependent on tourism. More than 17% of Thailand’s gross domestic product is attributed to tourism and the Covid-19 pandemic has lead to the worst economic free-fall in over 20 years”

The blog acknowledges the inherent risk and possible appearance of foolishness to prioritise the plans to reopen and carry on with the same rollout schedule. But they urge Thai authorities to consider that July 1 is still 2 and a half months away, leaving ample time to recover and make progress towards the approaching Phuket reopening. A vital aspect of the reopening plan lies in vaccinating over 70% of Phuket’s provincial residents, a sizable task, but one that brings great benefit with or without the scheduled reopening.

“Pushing ahead to achieve this goal puts Phuket on track to welcome back tourists, perhaps in a “bio-bubble”, and restart the economy. The economy is desperate with household debt growing, pushing the government to enact emergency decrees to provide relief. These households need the return of tourism and the influx of cash international tourists will bring.”

The blog hopes that Thai authorities can balance the necessary Covid-19 safety measures in Phuket to protect the Thai population with the economic need to bring back tourism. They believe that with sufficient measures in place, vaccinated locals could welcome vaccinated international tourists back to Phuket reopening safely in July.

SOURCE: Hotel News Resource

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