Waite looking for improvement from Charlie Smith High
Head coach of Charlie Smith High Jerome Waite will hope his young team will make their mark in Group B when they travel to Ascot High in their Group B ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup game today at school's playing field.
In one of the other games in the group, Jonathan Grant hope to maintain their undefeated record when they face Denham Town High at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.
The Jerome Waite-coached Charlie Smith are coming off a gritty 1-0 win over Denham Town last Friday, which saw them jump to second place in the group with seven points, three points behind leaders Jonathan Grant.
Waite's immediate concern is to challenge his young charges daily and will not take the opposition lightly, considering how they laboured to get the win against Denham Town.
"It wasn't an easy game. Denham Town is a tough team to play. The [players] will go the extra mile to get to ensure that their team get's something out of a game. And it was in the latter part of the game that we scored that goal. It was pretty much very physical and tough," he told STAR Sports.
But he said he has seen improvement from the players, many of whom are playing in the competition for the first time. He is seeing them slowly gaining confidence game by game. He hopes this will continue against Ascot, which he expects his team to be read for the challenge.
"Every game is difficult. It's a different generation of players. You have to continue to work with them, get them to believe and see how best they can apply themselves tactically as it relates to what you have to do," he said.
"Every game they play they are starting to look a better bunch. We just have to continue to do what is best for them and continue to motivate and inspire them."
Meanwhile, Ascot is in fourth place in the group with four points after picking up their first win of the season last Friday beating Donald Quarrie 2-0.
Haile Selassie vs Clan Carthy
Cumberland vs Holy Trinity
St Jago vs Bridgeport
Kingston High vs Donald Quarrie
Ascott vs Charlie Smith
Denham Town vs Jonathan Grant
Northern Tech vs Oberlin
Penwood vs STATHS
Papine vs St Catherine
Ardenne vs Eltham
Norman Manley vs St George's
Pembroke Hall vs Excelsior
KTHS vs Kingston College
Cedar Grove vs Dunoon