High-flying Holland set to regain lead

Published: Tuesday | December 17, 2013 Comments 0

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

Holland United could this afternoon regain top spot in the Captain's Bakery and Grill Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League with a win over struggling Norwood Strikers at the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) playing field in Montego Bay.

In the day's other scheduled match, struggling Tomorrow's People will take on Duanvale at Jarrett Park, hoping to improve in the 12-team standings.

Reno FC, who entered their match yesterday tied for first with Holland (six points), were held to a 1-1 draw on Sunday by Lucea, moving to seven points and into the lead.

Reno went in front as early as the 10th minute when the in-form Denmark Gillings scored. But work by the overmatched Lucea gave them a chance of taking all three points. Forward Jamie Ramsey scored their equaliser in the 27th.

The teams were not able to break the deadlock, and the result may have stymied Reno's chance of moving three clear of Holland, who should have it easy against a Norwood Strikers team that is not expected to be much trouble for the Dewight Jeremiah-coached team from Trelawny.

Wadadah were again left ruing a number of missed chances when they drew 0-0 with Savannah SC in a match played at Frome Sports Complex, also on Sunday. The day's other game, between Village United and Granville FC, also ended in a goalless draw.

missed chances

The champions are yet to win in three outings, with Sunday's draw being their second in three games, added to a 2-1 defeat to Sandals Whitehouse. Wadadah's latest result has left head coach Daniel Ricketts agonising over the lack of goals.

"We are not doing well in the goalscoring department. But we were without our two main strikers for the game against Savannah, as Curtis Palmer was out of the squad because of a personal engagement, and Demar Doeman is receiving treatment for an illness," said Ricketts.

"I am not all that concerned, though, as it was a similar start last year and we recovered well, so I am anticipating us picking up the pace in the next rounds and in particular after the January transfer window, where we are hoping to get a few players," he said.

Last season's top striker, Romaine Lewis, has so far netted twice for Holland and will again be the man to watch, along with team-mate Ronique Haynes, who has also scored twice.

Reno's Gillings leads the goalscoring chart after Sunday's round of matches with three, while his teammate Junior Neil has two.

Today's matches

Norwood Strikers vs Holland Utd at UDC

Tomorrow's People vs Duanvale at Jarrett Park

Matches kick off at 3 p.m.

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