No need to panic
‘We have 12 players willing to train, work hard’
MONTEGO BAY, St James — DESPITE playing three games and picking up just a single point, from a 0-0 draw against promoted Norwood Strikers at home on Sunday, and yet to score a goal in the Jamaica Football Federation's Captain's Bakery and Grill Western Confederation Super League, Granville FC's coach Gregory Palmer says it is still too soon to start panicking.
Former champions Granville FC lost their first two games by 1-0 scorelines to Reno FC and Tomorrow's People, and will be happy for the break until January 6 when the league resumes after the Christmas break.
Drastic disciplinary measures by the club have seen a number of players being axed from the roster, leaving just 12 players for their last two games.
"We have 12 players who are willing to train and work hard and we will go with these 12 players," Palmer told Observer West last week, adding that while they were slow off the starting blocks, he was confident they would have time to make up. The league's format sees teams playing each other twice in two zones, then a cross-zone third round before the top four clubs advance to the semi-finals.
After Sunday's draw at Sam Sharpe Teachers' College grounds in Granville, the home team was tied for last place in Zone 2 with Norwood on one point.
Reno FC of Westmoreland, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, lead with nine points from three wins, three points better than Tomorrow's People with Holland United and Bamboo tied on four points each.
Catherine Hall lead Zone 1 with seven points, one more than Village United who were also relegated from the Premier League; Harmony FC and Wadadah FC are on four points each followed by Logwood United on one point and Petersfield United yet to score.
Meanwhile, Palmer told Observer West that they were planning on improving their roster during the January transfer window and have identified as many as eight new players.
"We can't say much as we are still in negotiations, but there are six players and there are two more who we think we will be able to bring in," Palmer disclosed.
Palmer also defended his team's play, saying the two goals they allowed were "defensive errors", and pointed out that they need some more work on the offensive side of the field.
"We are still working on the finishing and that will come along soon," he promised.
On Sunday, Melvin Blair's first-half goal was enough for Reno in their 1-0 win over Tomorrow's People in their featured game at Frome.
Blair has continued his impressive season after leading Mannings School to the semi-finals of the ISSA da Costa Cup.
Tomorrow's People finished the game with 10 players after Rohan Bernard was red- carded for abusive language in the 90th minute.
Village United won for the second time and finished the game with all 11 players for the first time this season, beating Harmony FC 1-0 at Bunker's Hill.
Catherine Hall were also winners, beating Petersfield 2-0 with goals from Jamal Morrison and Omar Gayle in the second half.
The other three games all ended in 0-0 score lines- Logwood vs Wadadah, Granville vs Norwood Strikers, and Holland vs Bamboo.