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Williams positive despite TG’s RSPL struggles

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2019 | 1:34 AMLivingston Scott - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Tivoli Gardens head coach, Philip Williams, says that despite the team’s poor start to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season, he is still encouraged by their performances and believes the team will start turning their results around before the first round ends.

The west Kingston-based team is currently at the bottom of the table on five points, having won just one of their seven games, with four defeats and two draws coming in their other games. They are also level on points with Vere (11th) and UWI (10th), while their opponents today, Dunbeholden (9th), are just two points ahead, with Williams seeing this weekend’s game as a great opportunity to start moving up the table.

“It’s not a place that we are comfortable with, being bottom of the table on five points. But we are still encouraged and we are in a positive mindset. If you look at the table, the team in fourth is only on 10 points, so it’s just five points separating last place from fourth place, and only two teams have really run away, Waterhouse (19) and Molynes (19),” Williams said.

Keeping positive

“So we are not in a desperate situation, but we know we need to start putting some games together and get some back-to-back wins and we should find ourselves in a different position. We have the team to do it, and it’s just a matter of time before results start going the way we want it,” he continued.

Williams insists that their performances this season have not been justly rewarded by the results they have so far managed. He, however, expects that they will put the points on the board and climb out of the relegation zone.

“The encouraging factor is the way we have been playing. Apart from the UWI game, we have represented well, so that is encouraging. We are losing games not because we are playing bad, but there are outside factors or we have just been unlucky. But we are playing well, and we continue to play well, and it’s just a matter of time before the results start going our way,” Williams reasoned before looking ahead to today’s test against Dunbeholden.

“It’s an opportunity, like the other games we have played. We are playing at home and we want to make that advantage count and that three points will go a far way in us moving from where we are at. We have four games remaining, and we want to gather as much points as possible from those four games,” Williams said. “ The three points would go a far way in moving us from where we are at. Plus we are playing at home and we will put in all the effort to get those three points. If we equip ourselves like we did against the top six last season, we should see ourselves in a different position at the end of the round after these four games.”