Humble Lion coach not satisfied with top-six finish
WITH a top-six Red Stripe Premier League finish now secured, Humble Lion coach Lenworth Hyde Snr is challenging his players to end the season on a high.
Wednesday's 1-0 win over defending champions Tivoli Gardens means Humble Lion improved their points total to 50 and replaced the west Kingston side in fourth place on goal difference.
And with just one game remaining in the penultimate third-round, only Tivoli have a chance to leapfrog the Clarendon side before the start of the fourth round.
"The fans are really elated," Hyde said. "We came to training this morning (Tuesday) and the vibes in the community was really nice.
"I'm pleased to see that we're improving now based on the amount of work that we put in and I must lift my hat to the players because they really sacrificed a lot this season."
A top-six finish is indeed a creditable achievement for Humble Lion, who spent their first two seasons in the competition in the lower half of the standings.
Not only have they already surpassed last season's points tally, but also hold the distinction of being the most impressive road team — earning 29 of their 50 points in away fixtures.
But, with no relegation battle to contend with this term and the title race seemingly out of their reach, the coaching staff at Effortville could find it difficult to motivate the players for the next seven games.
However, Hyde — a three-time winning premiership coach — said he has set his charges a new target for the rest of the season.
He said: "It's not over yet. We still have a number of games to go, so we're trying to finish in a medal position.
"If we can finish second or third and get a couple players a look-in in the national programme that would be a good feat for the team and that's what we're using to motivate them."