THERE were mixed fortunes for Wingham soccer sides.
In the Football Mid North Coast Premier League the battle between Wallis Lakes and Wingham Warriors reserve grade at Forster saw a great effort and a 1-1 draw.
However there was an unfortunate loss in the first grade match while the under 18 Warriors continue to struggle however finding some enthusiasm in their losses against Tinonee Eagles and Old Bar Barbarians.
Having to play a catch up game the night before a game was never going to be an easy or refreshing experience however the under 18 Warriors stuck out the cold last Friday night to take on the first placed Tinonee Eagles.
The Eagles dominated the pitch scoring easy goals as Wingham’s defence took a while to warm up, as they put in three goals in the first half.
As the second half whistle blew we came out of our shells moving the ball around the pitch and towards Tinonee’s goals however our inability to finish caused a major problem as the Warrior’s went on to lose 4-0.
The very next morning the young Warrior’s had to pull themselves out of bed for another match, taking on the Old Bar Barbarians, however the boost of news that our under 18 side automatically qualifies for finals gave a whole new motivation boost to the team.
As the whistle blew Wingham were looking promising, with a fast counter attack from defender Reece Hartveld putting through balls through to the front although Old Bar just seemed to get their quicker.
Old Bar’s pace really got the best of our young Warriors with already tired legs the Barbarians went on to score three goals, until Wingham hit back with one of the goals of the season.
A free kick from about the half way line Kaleb Robinson stepped up to take it the only instructions were just to take the shot and Kaleb’s powerful left foot hit the ball to send it flying to the keeper only for him to fumble it into his own goals.
The match finished in a 3-1 loss.
The Premier League travelled to Forster to take on the ever strong Wallis Lakes, reserve grade were first up and took to the pitch with confidence, showing no fear towards the opposition at their home field.
The Warriors defence in the match was the stand out as Wallis Lakes reserve played the ball well across the pitch bringing it to one side then instantly switching the play across the other side, it was Wingham’s defenders who picked up on their play and adhered to it allowing them to successfully keep them away from the back of our net.
With the sun in our face Wallis Lakes soon broke through with a goal, this being an instant trigger in our attack as we came at them hard straight from the kick off, we soon drew the scores at 1-1 as Nick Beacham was fouled in the box, he stepped to take the penalty shot.
With breaths on hold a gasping sigh was released as Nick with a powerful low drive put the ball in the back of the net.
The match finished in a 1-1 draw keeping Wingham reserves still in contention for finals football.
A special mention to under 18 players Kaleb Robinson and Will Turner for travelling to Forster for their first taste of Premier League Football backing up for reserve grade as both boys stood their ground well on the pitch adding pace to our attack.
In form Wingham striker Todd Woolnough’s fantastic dominance of reserve grade, saw him earn a first grade start on the weekend against the now first placed Wallis Lakes, although changing one factor of the team didn’t seem to help as the Warriors first grade suffered another loss and now have to battle out the remaining matches to avoid facing relegation.
Wallis Lakes again dominated Wingham’s defensive third as they went onto post a 5-0 victory.
The under 11s Amcal Pharmacy sponsored Wingham Warriors played a tough game against the Moorland Devils at Wingham last Saturday.
In windy conditions, both teams were very competitive.
The Moorland Devils kept Wingham on their toes scoring 2 goals in the first half.
Nathan Smith and Hari Barker defended well, stopping further goal scoring attempts from the opposition.
The team improved in the second half as Corey South, Jack Summerhill, Lachlan Irvine all remained enthusiastic as well as goal keeper, Tim Walker, but it was wonderful to see Emilee Cutherbertson score a brilliant goal and just missing a second attempt by a fraction.
The final result was 2-1 and player of the match went to Matt Stepowikow for his great defensive effort.
Good work team!