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RON LA FOREST’S debut as St Ann’s Rangers interim head-coach on Wednesday night saw some improvement. Rangers put up a real fight before going down 4-3 to Police, while surging Point Fortin Civic whipped early season leaders San Juan Jabloteh by a 5-1 margin and moved into third spot. Both matches were played on Wednesday night at the Marvin Lee Stadium.

Civic have registered six wins, a draw, and one loss in the last eight league matches under Leroy De Leon, who was appointed interim head coach in February, replacing Reynold Carrington. Last season’s “Golden Boot” winner and this season’s leading scorer, forward Marcus Joseph, notched his 13th goal this season, as Civic led 3-0 before the half.

Earlier, Rangers twice came from behind to hold Police 2-2 at the end of the first half before a Makesi Lewis double had the lawmen comfortable at 4-2. However, Josh Toussaint’s 84th minute penalty brought Rangers closer and cause some anxious final minutes for Police. 

“[Our players] are in a slump right now; dead last,” said La Forest, a former Trinidad and Tobago international player and former coach at Jabloteh, Joe Public, now-defunct Ma Pau FC, and Guaya United.  

“So we would want to at least put some points on the board so that [our] players can start to feel like humans,” La Forest added. “I’m here for the rest of the season for observation. Also the guys play pretty well but they lack what we call football discipline so I am trying to instil football discipline in them to get results."