Waterhouse turn back the clock

October 07, 2016
Marvin Tate (right), head coach of the Waterhouse Football Club, and player Theo Brown at a Red Stripe Premier League press conference held at Red Stripe on Spanish Town Road on September 15.

Waterhouse FC will be looking to add some senior players to the squad in search of a first win when they face Harbour View FC in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) match at the Harbour View Stadium on Sunday, starting at 7 p.m.

Head coach of Waterhouse Marvin Tate is under pressure following four defeats from as many games. The club had initially opted to play more youth players for their development. Now, with no points on the board and sitting at the bottom of the 12-team top-flight league, the focus has shifted.

"We have players back. They have been training for the past two weeks. And the response to the senior players who are back is great from the young players," Tate told STAR Sports during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe yesterday.

"We have never done away with the senior players as the focus still remains on the development of youth players, but the senior players are there to guide the youth players," Tate explained.

One senior player who is back, and who could play a role for the first time this season, is Waterhouse favourite Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson. He parted ways with the club after nine seasons during the summer but was brought back by the club's executive in order to help get them back on track.

"We certainly welcome Tuffy back. He has been leading the team in a positive way and it has shown a difference in the squad. However, he is recovering from the flu, and we will watch his condition and make a decision," Tate said.

Tuffy apart, other senior players mentioned by the head coach include Irvino English, who has been away for several years; Weston Forrest; and Kemar Beckford. Tate also indicated that 19-year-old striker Rodave Murray could also play a role on Sunday.

"The players coming back have looked good in training and anything is possible for the game. The addition of these players brought a spike has in the team, so we are going there for a win. The leading teams have nine points, and it's a long way to go, so we remain positive," Tate concluded.

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