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Savannah Just Being 'Exposed'
Tomlinson certain Westmoreland team will find footing in top-flight competition
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Waterhouse enjoyed a good day at Frome Sports Complex Sunday, easing to a 2-1 win over lowly Savannah Sports Club, with Weston Forrest bagging a brace as the Kingston-based club leapfrogged Arnett Gardens to claim third place overall in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) standings.
Forrest opened the scoring in the seventh minute as Savannah failed to adequately deal with the threat in front of goal. His second came in the 80th, while Savannah scored in the 10th through Owen Cunningham.
If it was the lack of defensive coordination that brought about the first goal, the second was dubious, at best, according to Savannah's interim coach, Everton Tomlinson, who suggested that an offside ruling would have been more appropriate.
"We fell behind early and fought back to score soon after, but the second (goal) should have been ruled offside I think, but the referee made the call the other way and they went on to score," offered Tomlinson, who is also the president of the Westmoreland Football Association.
Tomlinson offered to help the struggling club in its freshman season in the league to be the third coach in a month, following the resignation of Patrick Graham, who started the season with them. He was followed through the doors by Delroy 'Pencil' Delisser, who lasted just about two matches.
The win gives Waterhouse 26 points at this stage, five behind leaders Harbour View and one behind champions Portmore United (26), while the loss has prolonged Savannah's woes and keeps them rooted at the bottom of the table on 11 points.
Tomlinson, however, believes that his team's worries will soon be a thing of the past.
"The club is just being exposed to the Premier, League. The wins at the start of the season were just momentum coming through the qualifiers, and some within the club and supporters I believe were carried away.
"But it's just a matter of time that we should start winning again, and hopefully, that will start sooner than later," said Tomlinson.