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Not there yet – Bell

Published:Monday | October 3, 2016 | 10:00 AMShayne Fairman
St George’s College’s Hakeem Williams (left) and Tarrant’s Jahiem Hall battle for the ball during their ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match at Winchester Park, St George’s College, on Saturday, October. St George’s won 11-0.

Neville 'Bertis' Bell, long-time St George's College (STGC) football coach, while surprised by his team's perfect four wins from as many games, says there will be no let up, noting St George's must improve all areas of play, win their zone and qualify for the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup.

Bell's 'light blues' team were beaten Manning Cup and Walker Cup finalists last season, but emphatically won the FLOW Super Cup with a 4-0 defeat of previous champions Jamaica College.

With STGC's 24 goals scored and one conceded so far, Bell is not satisfied yet, but is calling his charges to prepare as a team for tougher games as the first round heads to a climax.

"We don't take anything for granted and we play hard because this zone is a tough zone, and we are not out of it yet. We certainly would like to qualify for the Super Cup and we would certainly have to win the zone," the coach told The Gleaner, following his team's 11-0 mauling of lowly Tarrant High on Saturday at Winchester Park, St George's College.

UPCOMING MATCHES

The North Street-based school will have several remaining first-round games to play, including a continuation of the match away to Excelsior High, which was called off due to former captain Dominic James's passing. They will also line up against Greater Portmore and Tivoli Gardens High in return fixtures.

"We can improve in every single area, the defence, midfield. We are not there yet and there are many more games to go," the coach reasoned.

"We thought with Dominic, we would do well and we still think we will do well. We need to improve in all areas, we are not there yet," he stressed, adding that no game is an easy game, despite their winning margins.

"We certainly have some tough games, we have taken every single one seriously so far," Bell explained. "There are still many more miles to go."