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Female manager hopes win, 'Tuffy' lift Waterhouse

Published:Saturday | October 15, 2016 | 10:00 AMMarc Stamp
Doreen Thompson, Waterhouse FC manager.

Waterhouse FC's new manager, Doreen Thompson, has disclosed that it is not an easy task to be the manager of a community-based club because of the passion of their supporters.

However, Thompson hopes that having recorded their first win, they will be able to generate more positive results going forward.

She was appointed manager of the Drewsland-based outfit recently and had a rough start as the former two-time national league champions suffered defeats in their first four games.

Thompson, who has been associated with the club for many years, said they are looking to kick on from that victory and build on the positive energy fuelled by one of their driving forces, striker Jermain "Tuffy" Anderson.

"It's not easy to be manager of a team like Waterhouse as the supporters are very passionate," Thompson disclosed during the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday morning.

Waterhouse, popularly called 'Firehouse', earned their first points with a 2-0 win against Harbour View last Sunday at the Harbour View Stadium.

'Firehouse' favourite Tuffy, who was released by the club in preseason, returned and started against Harbour View.

However, Anderson suffered a fractured nose during the first half and was replaced by 18-year-old striker Rodave Murray. The latter scored both goals in the 54th and 67th minutes.

"Jermain (Tuffy) brings something positive to the team. They are now working together as a unit and will get better as the season progresses," Thompson claimed.

"Everybody is happy that the missing link is now a fit in the team," she said about Tuffy being back at Waterhouse.

"He (Tuffy) has a fractured nose but will be able to play in the next game (against Tivoli Gardens) on Sunday. We're trying to get a mask for him, so it is not that bad," Thompson disclosed.

"This is a fairly new team with a lot of youngsters and they are growing. We will continue to work as a team. We have put certain things behind and are now moving forward in a positive way," the female manager further said.