South-bound Sandals look to new players

January 11, 2018
Aaron Lawrence (right) and his Sandals Whitehouse FC players celebrate after winning the Captain's Bakery & Grill Westmoreland Major League football title in June of 2016, defeating Race Course 3-1. Promoted to the Premier League, Sandals are struggling in next-to-last, fighting to stave off immediate relegation.


Coach Aaron Lawrence of struggling Sandals South Coast has promised to unleash his new recruits, acquired during the transfer window, against University of the West Indies (UWI) on Sunday.

Sandals have bolstered their squad with players such as Claudious Blackburn, formerly of Maverley-Hughenden, Jamoy Purser from Arnett Gardens, as well as former Reno players Denmark Gillings and Auburn Facey.

Though promoted Sandals South Coast are next-to-last in relegation trouble on 16 points, Lawrence believes that they will climb out of danger.

"You will see the new players against UWI on Sunday. We have added to the squad and will be able to compete. The aim is to reach the top-six qualification position. If we do that, we are good to go," Lawrence told STAR Sports yesterday.

"The players are adapting to the system better and have more belief in themselves. It took a long time for them to adjust to the Premier League. They are doing that nicely," he added.


Anxious to score


"Our main problem during the first round was that we were not scoring enough goals. We have outplayed teams but not scoring consistently. That was our main problem. I think Blackburn can help us to put chances away.

"Purser, in his first game against MoBay, last Sunday, got some chances, but he was rushing them. He was too anxious to score on debut. It never happened, but he has shown promise.

"We also have other players on the radar just awaiting confirmation," added Lawrence, a former Reggae Boyz World Cup goalkeeper.

Meanwhile, with Sandals' Crocs Lawn in Westmoreland not available this season, the club started out by playing home games at Frome before switching to the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) Complex last Sunday.

"We are hoping to finish the home games at St Elizabeth Technical, where we played last Sunday. The field is good, and that allowed us to play better. We are negotiating to have the remaining home games there. I think the facility is much better. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we are looking to continue playing there," he said.

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