Reno eye first win
Paul Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:After a creditable performance on Monday night away to defending cham-pions, Montego Bay United, Reno FC turn their attention to Humble Lion FC at home in Frome, Westmoreland, with prospects of claiming their first victory of the new Red Stripe Premier League campaign.
The tactics of their coach, Patrick Graham, worked like a charm against Montego Bay United as he set up his team to counter, and nullify their opponents' speed on the flanks. As such, it is likely that he may field the same starting 11 from that game.
Craig Foster was the man who earned Reno that treasured point on Monday, by way of scoring in the 1-1 draw, and he will be charged once more to get amongst the goals.
"A point against the champions is always a good sign and we played well in that game, according to our game plan," said Graham.
"For this match, we play at home and it is a nice feeling having your supporters behind the team. It should be a good game, but we are going for all three points," he added.
Humble Lion too, drew their first match of the season, 1-1 at home against Tivoli Gardens, leaving them in mid-table along with today's hosts.
That Reno struggled for long periods last time out is no worry for Graham, who hailed Foster's strike and the way his players responded to the hostile away crowd.
Foster, too, will want to strike again, as he looks to earn a recall to the national programme, as his recent stint ended abruptly due to injury. Foster, though, did return in fine style as he was voted the Most Valuable Player in the season's Western Confederation Super League. He was also the league's top scorer.
"Craig is a very good striker and we are privileged to have him in our squad. We all know what he can do already, so we put no pressure on him. All we need now is for the rest of the team to gel some more and the goals will come and with that, the wins," reasoned Graham.
Fellow striker Denmark Gillings, André Neil and Jashane Foster all had a good game against MoBay United and will all be important players all season for this Reno side, as they attempt to stay out of relegation trouble and stake a claim for the title in what is their first season back from a two-season sojourn in the Super League.
Match time at Frome is at 3:30 p.m.