Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
Newton Sterling continued his goalscoring form on Sunday, when he scored the opening goal - his seventh this season - and led the Arnett Gardens offensive line admirably as the former champions blanked Waterhouse 3-0 in the Red Stripe Premier league (RSPL).
The win, Arnett Gardens' first to follow a previous win for the season and also their first clean sheet this season, saw the 'Junglists' jump from 10th position to the top half - sixth position on 18 points.
"This is an excellent result for us after all the struggles that we have been through, and I am really happy that we could have delivered for the fans like this," said Sterling, who opened the scoring in the 10th minute, before Vishinul Harris in the 68th and substitute Kemal Malcolm in the 75th completed the scoring to hand the home team a convincing victory.
Sterling was happy with his performance and credited a new approach to the pre-season as being responsible.
"It is the best start that I have had for quite a while. Normally, I would have to wait until the second or third round to get going, but I have hit the ground running this season.
"I put in a lot of work in the pre-season, and Jerome Waite has come in now with some serious training. It is like a boot camp, but it is paying off," said Sterling, who scored 12 goals last season.
As an older player in the group, the 29-year-old said he had to lead by example.
"With the number of youngsters in the squad I have to step up and play my role because we have to settle down as a team. People are classifying us as a hot and cold team and we have to keep hot and I have a role to play in that," said the man who has also played for Village United and Portmore.
This result, Sterling said, will go some way in getting the consistency that they need.
"It is the first time for the season that we have won games back-to-back and the first time for the season that we have had a clean sheet and this is good.
"As far as I am concerned, the sky is the limit for this team. Our aim coming into this game was to work our way into the top half of the table and from there try to get into the top four and from there compete for the title," Sterling explained.
The challenge now for the team, according to Sterling, is to return from the break in a similar form.
"This is a great result to end the year on and my aim for the break until next year is to keep training so as not to lose form. That is also the plan of the coach, who said that we will keep training to keep sharp.
"When we return our first game is against the defending champions and leaders, Harbour View, here at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex and we want to win," Sterling said.