WITH the soccer season nearly finished we are seeing just how crucial winning matches is, as the fight to make finals gets harder and harder every week.
On the past weekend Wingham Warriors probably had their toughest round, drawing reigning Premiers Taree Wildcats. We also saw the Wingham women take on the Moorland Devilettes at home and the under 18s Warriors come up against Great Lakes.
Playing the Taree Wildcats was never going to be easy, so the best the reserve grade boys could do was take to the field with a strong mindset and Taree were quick to turn that into dust.
Putting on a display of excellent passing Taree were quick to break the score line. Although Wingham had plenty of scoring opportunities it was our inability to put the ball behind Taree’s keeper and into the back of the net that really let us down. The final score was a 5-0 defeat to the Warriors Reserves, with Taree Reserve continuing their 13 game winning streak.
First grade matches continue to be heated displays of football, as we saw on the weekend between the Wildcats and Warriors.
Wingham were looking strong in the first half with plenty of aggression in their attack, they had seemed to score first as a powerful drive came from outside the box however the ball deflecting off a Wingham player saw hands on heads and confusion as to what had happened.
Taree then took advantage of our drop in momentum and put two goals in before half time.
However we hit back with our own goal as Beau Franklin poached a goal off a deflection from a shot with his name going down on the scorecard rather than his teammate.
As the second half kicked off the match began to get even more heated as yellow cards were handed out to both sides. The referee resisted pulling out red cards to some of the more gruesome fouls and tackles.
The match ended in a 5-1 defeat to the Warriors as they held their heads high with a strong performance against the current premiers.
The Warriors women proved to be the stand out team of this year for the Wingham Football Club.
They currently sit in fourth spot and are about to take third spot on the ladder after they posted another large victory on the weekend against the Moorland Devilettes.
The match was all Wingham. With their continuous attack and great defence, the score was 9-0 at the end, with four goals to Angela Bradley and three goals to Calypso Watson, who were the standout performances on the day.
Having a home advantage really does show the difference on a match as the under 18s were again defeated, suffering a huge 8-0 loss to Great Lakes. Great Lakes showed their dominance through their fitness levels, running the Warriors all over the pitch.
The under 11s Amcal Pharmacy sponsored Wingham Warriors have endured ups and downs in the past two rounds. Saturday week ago, playing against The Tinonee Eagles, the undefeated team started off brilliantly with a great goal in the first minute by Hari Barker, however the Eagles were just too good on the day and Wingham had their first loss of the season, going down 4-3 to the Eagles. Coach, Ian Barker stressed on the importance of good passing and teamwork and awarded player of the match to Amara Woolnough.
Last Saturday, under a glorious clear day, the Wingham Warriors Under 11s learnt their lessons from the coach and played a thrilling game against Taree City Jaguars at Omaru Park. Every minute was enjoyable to watch, with excellent defence, superb kicks and great passing by all players. Tim Walker and Jesse Gooch kicked all of the five winning goals with the final score being 5-1. The whole team has to be congratulated on their effort this week, especially Emily Curthbertson who was presented with the encouragement award.
These young kids are proving to be the top junior team this year and are a great example of Wingham’s future in football on the Mid North Coast.