Soccer report

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Junior teams:

WHAT a change in a week, Warriors went out and played an entirely different game on Saturday leading up to a three all score at half time. Anwar, Indiana, Gerome, Carys, Sam and Bohdie really put in against Old Bar showing that in time they maybe the team to beat. Second half the wind and tiredness started to show with Old Bar taking the lead and ending the match with a win. Bohdie Gee was the warriors player of the match showing great improvment from last week. Team players all put in with coach and parents all proud

WINGHAM Signs U/8 Warriors played a great game against tough opposition Lansdowne. Great game Warriors.

A GREAT game was had by the Wingham Accounting Services Warriors U/9s this week. The entire team played well and the game was tied with no scores until Taree came through to score late in the game. Player of the match was Scott Walker, who made many saves in goals, and displayed his great skills in forwards. Looking forward to another great game next week. Good job kids.

FATIGUE and a bigger field were influencing factors in the Amcal Pharmacy U/12 Warriors loss to a very good Tinonee side on Saturday. Sporting new faces, coaches Todd and David saw many positives and are sure they have a good side to build on; it was their opening game and they just came up a better and more prepared side. Good combinations already were evident from Matt Stepowikow and Nathan Smith down the right side, while Jordon Darby and Corey South passed well to their forward players and look comfortable in their step up in grade. Debutantes Blake Franklin, Ally Clarkson and her sister Zoey played well. Logan Faunt in particular looked solid in goals in the second half. Next week Wingham will come up against Pacific Palms at Wingham. The crowd of supporters got value for money with this game. All will be keen to see how they go at their home ground.

ON a sunny but windy Wingham day the Saxby's U/13 Wingham Warriors played host to the Cundletown Jets. Team play was the highlight of our win as the team played as one, with egos pushed aside they passed the ball, not once but from player to player and executed a total of six amazing goals. Coach Goodman stood on the sideline with a smile on his face and great pride telling all those who would listen "I taught them that at training!," whilst parents were sure it was their backyard advice which got the ball into the net. Jordan Goodman who gets both doses of coaching, played a great game, being involved in several crucial plays as he teamed with Canann O'Donnell to score on several occasions. His highlight was a 20 metre solo run to meet the Jets goalie one-on-one, the crowd gasped as he booted the ball past his opponent. Jade Clarke and Andrew Nielsen played a strong defensive game to keep goalie Sam Morse at ease. Travis Hobson and Sam Diehm played well in the centre field, up for the attack and back to help defend - such fitness! Inspired by the great win, six of the players then helped out in the U/14's game. Whilst parents worried about their energy levels, Declyn Ford and others went on to play even better with the older team. Congratulations team on a great performance.

Senior teams:

SATURDAY the Wingham ladies sponsored by Wingham Anglican Op Shop played Lansdowne. The windy conditions played havoc with the girl's shots on goal. Wingham slow from the kickoff, soon put pressure on Lansdowne to score with Amba Brown chasing down one of Lansdowne's fullbacks and getting to the ball to score. Never really under any pressure Wingham had control of the match but just very frustrated they could not put away any more goals

Best players were Amba Brown and Anishah Burns.

Wingham won 1-0

Reserve grade

RESERVE Grade expected a tough encounter against early front-runners Wallis Lakes and got exactly that, going down 2-0 in spite of a spirited performance.

Wallis Lakes' speedy wingbacks pushed forward from the outset and Wingham found the going tough but continued to hold out the visitors until a fairly soft penalty was awarded against the home side after eight minutes. Fortunately for Wingham the chance was squandered, but Wallis Lakes continued to threaten and put a chance away on the quarter hour mark. While rarely threatening the opposition's goal Wingham fought hard and kept the score at 0-1 until Lakes found the net once more from a terrific 20 yard strike just seconds before half-time.

Despite the disappointment of conceding just before the break Wingham came out with some extra verve after half time, also now having the strong wind at their backs. Despite again not creating many scoring chances Wingham did force errors from the Lakes defence, showed a willingness to attack on the break and yet again failed to concede a goal in the second half, thanks to some resolute defence.

Players' player honours were given to goalkeeper David Castro who is enjoying some good form at present, while midfielder Kenney LeMire, left full-back Mason Ryan and striker Chris Simpson also made notable contributions, though the efforts of the whole team are to be applauded.

First grade

IN what was hoped to be a triumphant send off for Daniel Ihlow, one of Wingham's finest over the last decade, turned into a lesson of playing to your strengths. Wallis Lakes were a very large and physical side and they pushed us into playing a style of football we were not structured for. Wingham did have their chances but were unable to convert them into points and this just added fuel to the fire. Some indecisions at the back through constant barrage from big forwards brought out some fundamental errors. To Wingham's credit they never surrendered with intensity or commitment and this was the only pleasing aspects to the game. Wallis Lakes have given us a lesson on playing to your strengths hopefully we have learnt from our mistakes. Kempsey Saints next week another great contest.