Arnett Gardens look to protect home record
Arnett Gardens FC will look to protect their unbeaten home record when they welcome fast-rising newcomers Jamalco FC in the Red Stripe Premier League at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town tomorrow. Match time is 3:30 p.m.
In four home games this season, Arnett have won three and drawn the other. The club popularly named 'Junglist' suffered their two losses on the road.
Following a 3-2 defeat to UWI FC last Sunday, the team is wounded and will look to maintain their home record with another win.
Arnett's veteran coach Jerome Waite who guided them to the premier league title two seasons ago says the aim is to continue the good form in the 'Jungle'.
"We give Jamalco credit. They have been doing well in their debut season in top flight football. However, we will welcome them to the 'Jungle' which is not an easy place for opponents," Waite declared during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday.
Conceded five goals
In six matches, Arnett have scored seven times and conceded five goals to be in joint third place alongside Jamalco. Both teams are on ten points apiece. However, Jamalco enjoy a better goal difference.
"We need to tidy our defensive aspect. We are in the top four and performing better than in previous years at this stage," Waite who was also in charge when Arnett won back-to-back title in 2002 and 2003.
"We always want to get wins at home and come Sunday the aim is the same playing against Jamalco," he shared.
"Arnett is the only team with seven senior players not yet playing because of late pre-season arrival from overseas. However, they are in training and we will get stronger as the season progresses," Waite, who was recently appointed assistant coach of Jamaica national senior team informed.
The Clarendon-based Jamalco is the surprise package in their first season in the top flight. They have been performing well so far and could ambush Arnett in the 'Jungle'.
Coach of Jamalco Rayon Johnson is fully aware that it is never easy to play Arnett at their home turf.
"We are fully aware that going to Arnett will be a tough game. We will have to go there for maximum points. We are going to play a wounded Arnett as they went down in their last game to UWI," Johnson who guided Jamalco to the premier league for the first time last season said.
"We have to stay comfortable and don't panic. My objective is to remain in the league. I am comfortable with our current position and hope to push on from here," he added.
UWI FC will meet in a top-of-the-table clash at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen, Clarendon. Both teams are on 13 points apiece. However, Humble Lion are in pole position by virtue of a better goal difference.
The winner of the game will be sole leaders, so it will be an interesting clash.
Humble Lion is under the guidance of tactician Donovan Duckie, while UWI is taking orders from Marcel Gayle, who guided them to fifth place in their debut 2015-16 season. Gayle was recognised with the Coach of the Year award.
That means the game could come down to a tactical affair and not necessarily entertaining for spectators.
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3:30 p.m. - Arnett Gardens vs Jamalco FC at Anthony Spaulding Complex
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