Arnett plan to keep Waterhouse down
Reigning Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions, Arnett Gardens FC, are planning to keep Waterhouse on the canvas when both teams meet in the second
preliminary stage at Waterhouse Stadium tomorrow.
Arnett are currently in third position on 32 points, while Waterhouse are at the bottom on 15 points after 18 games in the 12-team league.
With a gap of 17 points, Arnett Gardens have no intention of giving Waterhouse a chance to crawl up from last position.
As far as the man in charge of the 'Junglists' is concerned, it is simply a case of, 'when a man is down, keep him down'.
"We will try to keep them down as they are a dangerous team," coach of Arnett Gardens, Jerome 'Jerry' Waite told The Gleaner at the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday.
"In previous games, Waterhouse dominated Arnett. We beat them in the first round and we are looking forward to continue this on Sunday," added Waite, who guided Arnett to three national titles.
Arnett will be without hard-tackling midfielder Renae Lloyd, as well as Damari Deacon due to red cards issued in their encounter against Tivoli Gardens two weeks ago, but Waite remains confident that the team will leave Drewsland with a positive result.
"Lloyd will be a loss, but if you notice this season started without Renae Lloyd, the other player (Jason Moore), who will fill the slot had been doing well before Lloyd returned to the team," the veteran coach noted before sharing his anticipation of the game.
"Yes, you always have to look forward to a clash of this magnitude, despite where the teams are in the standings. And, it is always a fierce rivalry. We will not underestimate Waterhouse, although they are having a bad season, so far," Waite maintained.
"In their last game, they scored four goals but gave up the same, so there are loopholes in their defensive system, which we aim to exploit. We (Arnett) have won three games in a row and are aiming at four straight," he concluded.