Arnett Gardens flying high
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Arnett Gardens are hot. The Trench Town-based football club is certainly on fire in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) 2014-15 season. They have won six consecutive games and appear to be true title contenders.
After landing their last national title in 2002, Arnett have started the season in good form and are now tied on 32 points alongside Montego Bay United, who hold a superior goal difference.
Arnetts head coach Jerome Waite says since his return to the club a year ago, the players are getting to understand the system of play, and he is confident that they will lift the nations premier title for the first time in over a decade.
six-game win streak
Well, its due to a number of things, Waite told The Gleaner about the Junglists six-game win streak.
The players are adapting to their respective roles. In addition, discipline, camaraderie and organisation have improved, he said.
Arnetts winning run is mainly due to in-form striker Leon Stricky Strickland, who has scored six goals in his teams last four games.
Leon Strickland and Andrew Phang have stepped up and that has inspired the team, Waite pointed out. Strickland has grown tremendously and his best is yet to come. And Andrew Phang, who has been in the league for several years is also playing well, he added.
I am satisfied with the overall performance of the team, but there is still room for improvement, Waite admitted. One of the things is that the team is still conceding goals, and need to start keeping clean sheets.
When quizzed about Arnetts chances of winning the title, Waite responded: They (the players) are very hungry for success. People are saying Arnett due to the teams performances especially in the Monday night TV games.
Waite, who is also in charge of the clubs womens team and Charlie Smiths Manning Cup team, says that with both the womens league and Manning Cup concluded for the season, the focus has shifted. It is just the senior team, so Im pretty confident.
Arnett will look to maintain their winning run when they face Boys Town in the Trench Town derby on match-day 17 in the RSPL next Monday night in the Live TV game at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
Although Boys Town are on 16 points and in tenth position in the 12-team league, Waite expects a tough encounter.
Whenever Arnett meet Boys Town, its always an exciting encounter. No matter where the clubs are in the table, spectators usually get a good game of football. We anticipate another tough one as Arnett will always bring out the best in Boys Town, Waite reasoned.