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Arnett moving from strength to strength

Published:Tuesday | March 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM
St Georges Sports Club's Andrae Thomas (second left) comes under a heavy challenge from Boys' Town's Michael Campbell (on the ground) during their Digicel Premier League clash at Collie Smith Drive on Sunday. The game ended 0-0. - Ian Allen/Photographer
Fairclough, Arnett's coach
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Ryon Jones,
Gleaner Writer

Traditional premier League stalwarts, Arnett Gardens, looked like a completely different team from the one that has been playing all season long, as they secured a well deserved 1-0 victory over August Town on Sunday at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, in Digicel Premier League action.

The win - Arnett's third in their last four matches - moved the Junglists further from the relegation zone and up to eighth in standings on 33 points, passing their opponents - who slipped to 10th as they remained on 31 points - in the process.

Arnett's coach, Wayne Fairclough, believes his team is getting stronger.

"We have been keeping a lot of meetings with them knowing that we must try and not be defeated at our home," said Fairclough. "So I thought that today (Sunday) was a good game, an excellent win for us and we are really moving from higher to higher and from strength to strength.

'We can really play good football'

"We are doing it for the community and for the sympathisers and the well-wishers of Arnett Gardens, and I think that today's victory is just another one to show that we can really play good football when we want and when we need to," he added.

The first half was keenly contested, with Arnett having the upper hand. They, however, totally dominated the second half and within the first 15 minutes, placed relentless pressure on August Town's defence.

After weathering the early second-half Arnett storm, however, August Town started coming back into the game. This resulted in Arnett making what turned out to be an inspired substitution, taking out an obviously disappointed Cornel Chin-Sue and replacing him with Lamar Nelson in the 65th minute.

Two minutes later, the complex was rocking as Nelson used a bit of trickery to get by a defender before laying off to Dennis McKinley, who hammered home his first Premier League goal.

High praises

Fairclough had high praises for the Charlie Smith High School youngster.

"I think that today (Sunday) Lamar Nelson gave a good showmanship of football and showed that if you just hone your skills and try and be disciplined, you can reach for the stars."

Flairclough, however, knows what it will take for his team to stay clear of the dreaded drop zone.

"It is vital for us to stay focused and intact and try and stay healthy and win most of our games."

August Town's assistant coach, Dwight Morgan, did not think his team played badly but thought the absence of key players such as Daniel Shaw, Akeem Thenstead, Raymond Williamson and Fabian Dawkins affected their performance.

Morgan said: "We didn't play bad based on the fact that we played without three of our regular starters today due to cards and injury. We gave up a goal, which I thought was a brilliant goal, so I am not disappointed."

He added: "We don't want to slip back into that zone (relegation) so we just have to hope that those four people can come back and boost the attack and we can start winning again."

Digicel Premier League standings after matches played on Sunday

Sunday's matches

Harbour View vs Tivoli Gardens
at Harbour View Mini-Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

Portmore United vs Waterhouse
at Ferdie Neita Park at 7:30 p.m.

Arnett Gardens vs Boys' Town
at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex at 6 p.m.

St Georges vs Rivoli United
at Lynch Park at 6:30 p.m.

Humble Lion vs Village United
at Effortville Community Centre at 3:30 p.m.

August Town vs Sporting Central
at UWI Bowl, Mona, at 3:30 p.m.

Teams
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PTS

Tivoli
29
15
12
2
47
19
28
57
H View
29
17
6
6
38
20
18
57
W'house
29
12
7
10
30
31
-1
43
St Georges
29
10
12
7
24
20
4
42
Boys' Town
29
10
10
9
24
22
2
40
H Lion
29
8
10
11
25
30
-5
34
Teams
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PTS

Rivoli
29
7
12
10
30
33
-3
33
Arnett
29
8
9
12
26
32
-6
33
Village
29
7
12
10
22
30
-8
33
August Twn
29
8
7
14
24
38
-14
31
Sporting
29
6
12
11
22
28
-6
30
Portmore
29
7
9
13
17
26
-9
30