HIT Northern League One Round 4 Review

April 19th, 2021

 Serena Carter

John Buck

Match of the Round

Cessnock City Hornets 0-11 Cooks Hill United

 Cooks Hill continued their goal-scoring ways by putting 11 past Cessnock City on Sunday afternoon.

Despite only playing twice in the league so far this season, Cooks Hill have already scored 17 goals after putting six past South Cardiff last week.

 It took around 10 minutes for the first goal to be scored at Turner Park. From then on, Cooks Hill could not be stopped.

Roger Dowdell was in fine form again for Cooks Hill, scoring five goals.

Nick Russell also got on the scoresheet twice while Cody Carroll, Lachlan Pasquale, Alex Gillespie and Harry Richardson also found the back of the net with one goal each.

Another positive for the side was Carroll’s return from injury, getting 60 minutes under his belt.

 “The boys did really well. The performance was strong,” Cooks Hill coach David Tanchevski said.

“At half-time we wanted to make sure we kept the pressure on.

“It was 6-0 at half-time and in the second half we kept making chances and were more clinical in front of goal.”

Cooks Hill take on top of the table Belmont Swansea United next week but Tanchevski said his side would not get ahead of themselves.

“We know we have some tough competition coming up but it was good to get points on the board,” Tanchevski said.

“BelSwans should be a tough match.”

It was an embarrassing result for Cessnock who will look to bounce back quickly next week when they host reigning champions Singleton.

Singleton Strikers 1-2 West Wallsend SFC

West Wallsend fired a warning shot to the rest of the competition with an encouraging 2-1 victory over Singleton on Saturday.

The Bluebells travelled to Howe Park looking to continue their perfect start to the campaign but got off to a sluggish start as the Strikers opened the scoring through Joel Barner.

But West Wallsend showed good fighting spirit to level moments later though a Josh Murray header to make it 1-1 at half-time.

Singleton continued to build pressure in the second half, creating a number of chances but failing to convert.

Bluebells goalkeeper Joel Magnee was brilliant in the second half, keeping the visitors in the contest with a number of saves.

And West Wallsend would go on to find a winner through Josh Night with 10 minutes to play.

“We didn’t play that well,” West Wallsend coach Darren Sills said.

“Singleton had their opportunities. Our goalkeeper got man of match which shows how good they were.”

Singleton coach Brendan Slade said he was disappointed his side did not secure at least a point from an even contest.

“We held our own in the first half,” Slade said.

“A draw would have been good but playing Westy with that calibre of players, they play the whole game and don’t give up.

 “I am proud of our attitude and effort we played with for the whole 90 minutes. It was a lapse of concentration that Westy pounced on to score two goals.

“We had plenty of shots but we need to be more clinical. [But] I am happy to be making so many chances.”

Singleton will look to bounce back when they travel to Cessnock on Saturday.

West Wallsend meanwhile have Bryson Cox and Brendan Frost in doubt for the Wallsend Derby at Johnston Park on Saturday night.

Thornton Redbacks FC 3-1 Toronto Awaba FC

 Thornton climbed into the top five with a convincing 3-1 win over Toronto Awaba on Saturday evening.

The under-18s and reserve grade fixtures were cancelled due to wet weather at Thornton Park, with Thornton club members putting in the hard work before the game to ensure the first grade match went ahead.

“The win was for those who helped us get onto the pitch today,” Thornton co-coach Scott Winslade said.

It was a competitive and feisty first half with neither team slowing down in the wet conditions.

Thornton opened the scoring on 25 minutes when they were awarded a free kick from distance, with Pat Wand’s effort soaring untouched into the back of the net.

Thornton scored again before half-time through Trent Partridge’s killer strike from the edge of the penalty area.

In the first minute after the restart, Liam Hardy added Thornton’s third.

Toronto Awaba found a consolation through a free kick but it wasn’t enough as the Stags slumped to their fourth defeat from their opening four games.

“At half-time we spoke about the need to take chances and not being clinical enough,” Winslade said.

“It was a good entertaining game but we need to be more clinical. After this round it has showed that goal difference could become an issue at the end of the season.

“[But] it was good to get back on the winning track.”

Thornton will look to continue their momentum when they face another desperate side looking for their first points of the campaign in Kahibah.

The Stags will look to regroup with the round five bye.

South Cardiff FC 1-7 Belmont Swansea United

 Belmont Swansea United moved to the top of the HIT Northern League One table with a 7-1 thrashing of South Cardiff on Sunday.

Fresh off the round three bye, BelSwans came out rested and firing as they opened the scoring through Kane Woolston.

But in a tight opening at Ulinga Oval, the Gunners equalised shortly after.

Clayton Poole put BelSwans back in front before Woolston completed his hat-trick before half-time to have the visitors in front 4-1 at the break.

Brendan Hall added a fifth for BelSwans before Woolston scored twice more to give himself five for the match.

 “I was hoping the team would continue from the good start to get the three points. I was very proud of how the team conducted themselves to maintain quality and focus on themselves,” Belmont Swansea coach Andre Gumprecht said.

“The team has done fantastic in terms of what we wanted to do. We wanted to put the pressure on and we got goals and achieved the three points.

“Overall [I’m] very proud of the team. The opposition had key players out and we should not underestimate and focus on ourselves.

“I made a point when teams have players missing they are very hard to play against and you don’t know what they will throw at you. The playing group took that on board fantastically and didn’t take anything lightly.

“I am very proud of the team at the top and credit to them. And hopefully this boosts confidence for games to come.”

South Cardiff will face another tough test in round five when they host reigning premiers New Lambton on Sunday, while BelSwans take on fellow undefeated side Cooks Hill United.

Wallsend FC 4-3 Kahibah FC  

 Lachlan Davies’ injury time winner gave Wallsend a memorable three points as the Red Devils left it late to down Kahibah on Sunday night.

Matt Williams gave Wallsend the lead at The Gardens before Trent Richards doubled the advantage as he put away a penalty.

But Kahibah fought back hard to level the score before half-time.

Heath Kepreotes pulled a goal back for the Rams before Jayden Demir fired home a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Angus Hall put the hosts back in front in the second half before Jamie Hadlow again levelled for Kahibah.

Wallsend goalkeeper Jakeb Keating continued to keep his side in the game with some fine saves to deny the visitors.

And Davies would have the final say as the young substitute put Wallsend in front for the final time in the 90th minute, a lead the Red Devils would not relinquish.

Wallsend coach Craig Tslembis praised his side’s defence, saying they were “massive” in the win.

“I am over the moon for the boys,” Tslembis said.

“Everyone is doing their little bit and as a group we are doing even better.”

Kahibah coach Mat Moncrieff was left frustrated with the result.

“We played some of our best football and still got beat,” Moncrieff said.

“We will need to work on the negatives when we play Thornton next week. We will regroup and aim to get off the bottom of the table.

“We will aim to work our way back into it and try to beat Thornton next weekend.”

Kahibah will look to earn their first points of the campaign when they host Thornton on Saturday.

 The Red Devils will turn their attention to the Wallsend Derby, as they travel to Johnston Park to take on West Wallsend on Saturday night.

 New Lambton FC had the bye

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