Pay dispute is now behind us - Waite
Coach of Arnett Gardens Jerome Waite says that a recent dispute surrounding a cut to his players' salary by the club's management is now behind them.
This follows his team's exciting 5-3 victory over the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC in the Red Stripe Premier League yesterday in a match played at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town.
Arnett's players and technical staff had a salary cut last October that many believe had a direct impact on the team's struggles at that point. Things seemed to have indeed taken a turn for the better with the Junglists starting the year on the best possible note.
The hosts raced to a 5-0 lead courtesy of goals from veteran striker Leon Strickland in the 7th minute, Lennox Russell (28th), Newton Sterling (30th), captain Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson (41st) and Marvin Morgan Jnr. (57th).
UWI finally arrived to the party in the last half and hour of the game, scoring three times in the final 30 minutes with substitutes Patrick Brown (60th), and Kemar Daley (62nd) as well as Davion Garrison (89th) bulging the Arnett net. However, it was too little too late for the University team.
Addressing the salary situation, Waite shared that things remained as they were as far as the cuts are concerned, but credited his players for their approach and focus.
"It is as it was. We just have to focus on the team and forget about what happened," Waite said.
"The training went well during the week leading up to the game. We scored four goals in the first half, but in the last 20 minutes gave up three goals, so the fitness level needs to work on," Waite assessed.
Arnett did enjoy the better in the first half, but as their coach observed, they began to wane as the game progressed with UWI looking much improved in the second half.
Despite the loss, UWI's coach Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle commended his team for their fighting spirit.
"I must commend the guys for the second half performance. We did not put away enough chances and Arnett did. We are looking forward to the next game," Gayle said.