Nodley Wright, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Former champions Portmore United are now adjusting themselves to the unfamiliar position away from the bottom of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) table.
The St Catherine-based team now sit in 11th position, just above the promoted August Town, the team they face today, on goal difference. Both teams meet at 3 p.m. at the UWI Bowl.
Having picked up four points from their last two games, Portmore United will be aiming for three more and in the process work their way out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Coach Calvin Lewis was far from pleased when his team did not record their second successive victory of round two when they met Montego Bay United. According to him, his team created far too many chances to just end with one point. He, however, found enough positives to believe that his team can now make the run that they need to work their way up the table towards respectability.
August Town's woeful form
What should work in Portmore United's favour is the woeful form of August Town, which brought about the separation from coach Max Straw and the hiring of the veteran Bradley Stewart.
Stewart has not really managed to turn things around as he has just led them to a solitary point from three matches, while the club have lost six in their last seven games. With a record like that August Town seemed headed for relegation.
At Arnett Gardens, coach Jerome Waite will be hoping that they get another special result when they host year-to-year rivals Waterhouse after getting the better of neighbours Tivoli Gardens midweek. The towering Newton Sterling has been on fire for Arnett Gardens and should be trusted with leading the lines.
Waterhouse are also coming off a positive result over Cavalier, but could be affected by the absence of Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson. However, they can look to Gary McIntosh to step in and fill the vacancy left by last season's leading goalscorer Anderson.
Harold Thomas has transformed leaders Harbour View and his confidence in striker Brian Brown has paid off with the St James native repaying his faith with some crucial goals, which have propelled them to the top of the table on 29 points, a clear six points ahead of nearest rivals Montego Bay United.
6 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Waterhouse at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex
3 p.m.: August Town vs Portmore United at UWI Bowl
4:30 p.m.: Cavalier vs Harbour View at Stadium East
3 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Tivoli Gardens at Wespow Park
5 p.m.: Rivoli United vs Humble Lion at Spanish Town Prison Oval
3 p.m.: Sporting Central vs Boys' Town at Juici Patties Park
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