Peart calls for more from UWI mentally
The University of the West Indies will look to jump into the lead, at least for a day, when they face off with Harbour View in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) tomorrow at the UWI Bowl, Mona, at 3 p.m.
UWI are in second position on 14 points, just one behind leaders Arnett Gardens (15), who will not play until Monday night. A win for UWI will put them into the lead, while Harbour View are improving - on 10 points in fourth position.
UWI's assistant coach Andrew Peart said they are looking for a competitive game against Harbour View.
"All games are critical, so Sunday against Harbour View will be no different. We won against Portmore in mid-week. Now, we face Harbour View and will have to step up our game, mentally," Peart told STAR Sports yesterday.
Last Wednesday, Dawyne Smith came off the bench and scored the winner against Portmore United, and Peart said that it was good to have players who could come into the game and make an impact.
"Smith is an important player, and it is good to have all our players playing now. He was out due to injury and scored in his first game of the season. He has to compete for his game, so having him is a boost to the team," Peart said.
"Our team is one that is pretty strong, so it is important for us not to just have 11 good players, but to have players that can supplement what we are doing. The changes made on Wednesday showed that the players are in good physical condition and, mentally, where you want to make some tactical changes. It is good to have players coming off the bench to make an impact," he concluded.
UWI will look to Ryan Miller, who is the RSPL leading goalscorer on six goals, as well as midfielder Fabian McCarthy, Oshane Jenkins, Stephen Barnett, Taniel McKenzie, Deno Schaffe, Girvon Brown, and Jamie Robinson.
Harbour View are coming off a 3-0 win against Boys' Town on Thursday but will have to step up their game tomorrow, playing away to UWI.
The Ricardo Gardner-coached team will look to Ryan Wellington, Daniel Green, Hugh Evans, captain Nicholas Beckett, and veteran defender Christopher Harvey for victory.