Recalcitrant teams in the Limacol Knockout Football tournament would figuratively be given the boot when contention for the top eight spots in the tournament begins; thus the Buxton Stars and Santos Football teams have each secured critical wins on Tuesday evening to ensure they do not suffer that fate. With teams now fighting to avoid elimination, both Buxton Stars and Santos FC have secured two-goal wins which have placed each in a comfortable position to stay in the competition and contribute to their goal difference tally.In Tuesday night’s first encounter, Buxton Stars came up against Riddim Squad who were literally on a rampage. In their previous match, Buxton had proven they can score, but were unfortunate to suffer a loss. This time, the East Coast team pulled out all the stops to ensure their dreams of being in the final 8 would stay alive.Riddim Squad came to the encounter playing an unusually lackluster game, missing key opportunities at setting great plays, or even scoring a goal. The back-and-forth of attacking play went on for much of the first half, until Buxton’s Cuesy Parris, in the 43rd minute, astounded both Riddim Squad and the spectators by firing home a long ball goal.The newfound momentum allowed Buxton to begin the game’s second half on a high note, leaving Riddim Squad breathless and frustrated. Buxton’s second goal came in the 60th minute when Kenroy Green imitated his team mate Parris, and the win was eventually sealed for Buxton at 2-nil.This win has placed Buxton on the same 3 points as Riddim Squad, but the latter still holds the advantage in goal difference. They each have one more match in the bag.The later matchup saw both teams, Santos FC and Beacon FC, needing a win to cement their spot in the tournament. Beacon started out with their usual style, gunning for the goal at all costs. Their aggressive play, however, did not prove as fruitful on Tuesday evening as it did in previous games, because they were up against a calmer, more strategic Santos team, which was able to produce better plays.This composed style resulted in a goal for Santos from Dellon David in the 40th minute. After the half, Ronaldo Dover added to the Santos’ tally with one in the 63rd, to put his team up by two.Beacon finally got their breakthrough in the 79th minute, pulling things back by one; but they were not able to find an equalizer in the final 11 minutes of play, and Santos were able to record a 2-1 win against Beacon.Santos have now secured their spot at the top of Group ‘C’, but Beacon will have to wait it out to determine their qualification.Players will return to the Ministry of Education Ground on Carifesta Avenue this evening, where Pele FC will play Mahaica Determinators at 18:00 hrs and Georgetown Football Club (GFC) go head to head against Riddim Squad at 20:00 hrs.