Match of the Round
Thornton FC 0-0 Belmont Swansea United
Andre Gumprecht said he was pleased with his side defensively after Belmont Swansea United played out a 0-0 draw with Thornton on Saturday.
The third-placed Redbacks and fourth-placed BelSwans could not be separated at Thornton Park, with Gumprecht describing the result as fair.
“It was a very important game for us,” Gumprecht said.
“We went back to basics for this game. We had been conceding too many goals of late. We addressed this during the week and it was a good response from the team.
“[Thornton] were well organised. It was hard to break them down in very miserable conditions.
“Overall my team did very well. We created a few chances that we did not put away and we weren’t dominant enough at set pieces. Therefore 0-0 was a very fair result.
“We are going away from the game as an achievement as we haven’t conceded a goal which is what we set ourselves up for and now we need to continue on that.”
BelSwans will play their rescheduled round 13 match against Wallsend on Wednesday night before they enjoy a week off thanks to the round 15 bye.
Thornton face another tough test when they travel to Alder Park to face unbeaten leaders New Lambton.
New Lambton FC 6-2 Wallsend FC
New Lambton continued their unbeaten season with a convincing 6-2 victory over Wallsend on Saturday.
It was an entertaining game at Alder Park with eight goals scored, starting with Jackson O’Sullivan’s opener for the Eagles after five minutes.
Riley Taylor added a second from the penalty spot 10 minutes later before Wallsend pulled a goal back midway through the first half through Ben Schieb.
Taylor scored a second before half-time to give New Lambton a 3-1 lead at half-time.
Morgan Okeno added a fourth for the hosts from a corner early in the second half before Angus Hall again pulled one back for the Red Devils.
New Lambton were then awarded their second penalty of the afternoon when Joel Caldwell was fouled with Taylor stepping up to complete his hat-trick.
Tyson Cummings then completed the scoring with a sixth 10 minutes from full-time.
New Lambton coach Tom Davies said his side dominated the first half.
“It was absolute horrendous conditions. The wind was going really hard one way. We talked about exploiting that and pressed hard at the beginning of game,” Davies said.
“We played really well in the second half in terms of composure. We played some good football in the wind.
“We conceded a sloppy goal in the second half and we need to be smarter in those moments.
“We could have had a few more goals. Our ability to create chances was a real positive.
“With how the wind affected the game and with the rain coming and going, overall we are very happy as a group to come away with three points from the weekend.”
Wallsend coach Craig Tselembis agreed that it was a tough day thanks to the conditions.
“[With the weather] it was a weird one but a good game from both sides,” Tselembis said.
“First half they were pretty dominant. We stepped up a bit but left ourselves vulnerable when going with the breeze.
“We were attacking straight after half-time and let in a soft one and started dominating again.
“It was a really good game to watch. Both teams knocked the ball around really well.
“[New Lambton] were more organised with the breeze. They are leading the league for a reason.”
New Lambton will face a difficult test of their unbeaten record this week when they play their rescheduled round 13 match against Singleton on Wednesday before backing up to play Thornton on Saturday.
Wallsend will play their rescheduled round 13 match against Belmont Swansea United on Wednesday before they host Toronto Awaba on Sunday.
Kahibah FC 1-4 West Wallsend SFC
West Wallsend earned a much-needed 4-1 win over Kahibah on Saturday to keep their finals hopes alive.
The game started with plenty of excitement with West Wallsend awarded a penalty in the first two minutes which they failed to convert.
The Bluebells would open the scoring 10 minutes before half-time when Wes Pryce put his team in the lead, with Matt Paul adding a second shortly after.
Kahibah had the chance to pull one back just before half-time when they were also awarded a penalty which they were also unable to convert, preserving West Wallsend’s 2-0 half-time lead.
West Wallsend continued the scoring after the break with a Tye Jones header for the third and Jed Conway finishing off the fourth.
Kahibah found consolation before the end of the match with a goal through Rohan Tamplin, who made his first grade debut last week.
“We played in terrible conditions on Saturday. We were right in the game at half-time,” Kahibah coach Mat Moncrieff said.
“Westy used the wind advantage in the second half and were too good for us on the day.
“We play Cessnock on Tuesday and Singleton on Sunday which gives us two more chances to get back on the winners list. We will just keep working at it and hopefully we will get a much-needed win soon.”
West Wallsend lost captain Jarrod Olivieri just before the game with coach Darren Sills forced to make some adjustments.
“It was a good result. We played well in very trying conditions,” Sills said.
“We changed shape for the game which we worked on during the week and transferred that training effort to the game to play much better.”
Kahibah will play their rescheduled match against Cessnock at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on Tuesday before they travel to Singleton for the match of the round on Sunday.
West Wallsend take on the Hornets at home on Sunday.
Singleton Strikers 3-1 Toronto Awaba FC
Singleton remain in fifth place after bringing Toronto Awaba’s winning streak to a halt.
Toronto came out firing and led 1-0 at half-time thanks to a Clancy Muddle goal.
But Singleton turned it around in the second half to bag three goals. Joseph Civello scored the first two before Jake Barner finished off the third.
Singleton coach Brendan Slade said it was a gritty win and a good fight back from his side.
“In the second half we came out of the sheds a lot better, pushing the ball around a lot better,” Slade said.
“We really controlled the second half. Toronto came to win the game.
“We played a much more disciplined game which was a good sign for us.”
Singleton will play their round 13 match against New Lambton on Wednesday where they will also welcome back Ben Henry from suspension for the match.
“Every time you go to Singo you know it’s going to be a tough game,” Toronto Awaba caretaker coach Shaun Paterson said.
“We didn’t turn up. We were flat and lacked intensity. It wasn’t a matter of being outplayed but we didn’t handle the physicality of the match well. Singleton wanted it more on the day.”
The Stags take on Wallsend at The Gardens on Sunday night.
South Cardiff v Cessnock City
Washed out. Match to be rescheduled.