HIT106.9 Northern League One Round Nine Review: New Lambton’s attacking quartet swat away Hornets

May 30th, 2022

 Jacob Briers

Mathew Packer

Match of the Round
Cessnock City 0-5 New Lambton FC

Cessnock City suffered a humbling loss on Saturday as the Hornets conceded four first half goals to go down 5-0 to New Lambton.

Despite Cessnock’s best efforts to nullify last season’s Player of the Year Riley Taylor, New Lambton were too classy for the young home side.

Both teams had their chances in the first 10 minutes but a chip over the Cessnock goalkeeper from New Lambton striker Chase Lattimore set the tone for the rest of the half. Lattimore doubled his tally two minutes later.

Dylan Bozinovski was the star of the show and scored two first-time hit screamers throughout the match. The better of the two happened in the first half seeing the ball cannon into the left side of the goal to put his side three to the good.

Winger Joel Caldwell sealed a four-goal lead for the Eagles, with Cessnock forced to climb a steep mountain in the second half.

Bozinovski scored his second goal shortly after the restart of play. The Eagles comfortably saw out the final half hour as they flew away with the game and the three points.

Cessnock coach Brad Miles was blunt in his comments about the game.

“We started slow. We had a terrible first half, we weren’t sharp enough. We were second to the ball and it cost us,” Miles said.

“We had a couple of opportunities in the second half and I think we got on a bit. But injuries and making changes upset our rhythm. [New Lambton] are a good team.”

Cessnock cannot afford to dwell on the result for long with the Hornets to take on Kahibah in their postponed round eight fixture on Wednesday night.

“We’re on again Wednesday night so we can’t dwell on today. We’ve just got to get on with it and try and get some more points,” Miles said.

New Lambton coach Tom Davies labelled the first half one of his side’s best passages of play so far this season.

“I think the first 30 minutes won the game for us in terms of getting those early goals and putting the pressure on them,” Davies said.

“We’ve been [sticking to the same game style] for the last couple of games and we’re starting to execute the way we want to.

“In terms of execution, creating chances and scoring, [the first half] was probably [our] best period of play so far this season.”

The second half for New Lambton was not as ideal. The Eagles were noticeably flatter going forward but most importantly they recorded a clean sheet, their second in a row.

“In the second half, we managed the game and gave a few other people a run, which is good,” Davies said.

“We probably could have executed a little bit better. The execution in the second half was a bit poor in the final third, with [Cessnock] sitting a bit deeper. But yes, we managed the game out and overall positive to come away with three points, which is the main thing at the end of the day.”

The Eagles attacking quartet of Lattimore, Taylor, Caldwell and Bozinovski are starting to hit their stride as a unit as all scored or assisted against Cessnock.

“Both [Dylan Bozinovski and Chase Lattimore] have been playing well the last couple of weeks and are starting to really gel,” Davies said.

“Particularly Chase with the position he’s playing now [as striker] and with Riz [Taylor], Joel and Dylan in there as well. It’s good to link up play which creates those goalscoring opportunities.

“It was really positive to see from the front three and obviously Boz in there as well but everyone contributes. We want to try and keep that and keep working on improving that execution with our frontline.”

New Lambton also have a midweek fixture but in the Australia Cup as the last standing Northern League One side.

The Eagles will revisit their highly competitive rivalry with Cooks Hill on Wednesday night. New Lambton gave plenty of their starting XI a well-earned rest in the second 45 minutes against Cessnock for the highly anticipated fixture.

“It’s a great challenge. The boys are looking forward to it,” Davies said.

“We’ve had some really good battles with Cooks Hill over the last two to three years. With them in the NPL now, it’s going to add even more spice to what’s already a pretty tough, physical, and competitive fixture.

“We’ll try and aim to create an upset. We’ll go in there, full guns blazing. The boys are really keen to show everyone what we can do.”

Thornton Redbacks 1-1 Toronto Awaba FC

Thornton Redbacks arrived back home with a point after playing out a tight, physical and bruising spectacle with Toronto Awaba.

Thornton were the better of the two sides in the first half.

Toronto gave away a free kick in a dangerous area for Thornton to capitalise. Pat Wand whipped a ball into Jake Millsteed, who buried the ball into the net with a header.

At the halfway mark both coaches agreed that the Redbacks could have easily been up 2-0 or 3-0 on another day.

Unfortunately for the Redbacks they could not take advantage of their chances and suffered through Stags winger Jarrod Purcell who put Toronto back in the game.

But neither side could break the deadlock resulting in a 1-1 draw.

“Game wise, I think it was a fair result,” Thornton co-coach Scott Winslade said.

“We probably should have been 3-0 up at half-time, but ultimately, we paid for that.”

Winslade noted a couple of standouts within a well drilled Thornton side on Saturday.

“It was one of those games where everyone dug in. Sam Rossi and Zach Skippen, again, as pretty much for the whole season, just got their bodies in the way of things. They put their bodies on the line, and they work hard,” Winslade said.

“But Jake Millsteed today was really good. His performance when he got the ball to his feet was really impressive. He caused their backline a lot of trouble.”

Winslade also had plenty of praise for Toronto, who he said had improved dramatically since last season.

“[Toronto] are tenacious, work hard and their transition was a lot better than ours. I will definitely hold my hands up to that,” Winslade said.

“When they lost the ball, they had three, four men around the ball every time. I can see why they’re getting the results they’re getting because of their work rate.

“I’d say the first half we had the clearer opportunities. But in the second half, they had the better opportunities.

“Jarrad [Hiles] is intelligent and he works his team well. I like to think that we’ve gone head-to-head pretty well. I think it was a fair result.”

Toronto coach Jarrad Hiles was pleased with the way his side played.

“I was really happy with the way we played,” Hiles said.

“We played some great footy and created a number of chances against the best defensive team in the competition but we just couldn’t get that goal. We just couldn’t get that final shot on goal to sting the goalkeepers’ gloves.

“Looking back, it was a fair result. We’re probably our own worst enemy. We were giving cheap balls away and presenting opportunities to Thornton.

“We could have won it in the end but we just couldn’t get that knockout punch to win the game. [Thornton] are a very good side and have some big boys at the back there that are well organised.”

Hiles and Winslade are doing their FFA/AFC B-Licence together. When they caught up after the game, they agreed with how the fixture panned out.

“Talking to [Scott Winslade] afterwards, we thought the same thing. In reflection, it is probably a good result,” Hiles said.

“But I was happy with the football we played, the energy and just the effort. We were really composed at times.”

The game did not come without its flaws, though. Hiles pointed out some apparent improvements needed from his side despite the pleasing efforts.

“If anything, we need to improve on our general passing coming out of our half. We had a few lazy passes and gave away a few opportunities but luckily, we didn’t get punished for it today,” Hiles said.

It was also a day of celebration for Nick Roberts, who notched up his 200th first grade appearance for Toronto Awaba.

Singleton Strikers 1-2 Belmont Swansea United

Belmont Swansea United were left delighted with their hard-fought 2-1 victory over Singleton on Saturday.

With the match goalless at half-time and both sides having their fair share of chances, it was anyone’s game.

It did not take long before Belswans attacker Cameron Lodge found the opener.

A persistent yellow and green wave of Belswans eventually found a second with 20 minutes to go, dispensing what seemed to be the knock-out blow through Joel Nicholson. But the Strikers fought back.

A free-kick with 10 minutes to go saw Singleton defender Marlow Court-Kriesch head the ball into the net, handing the home side a lifeline.

Despite a constant bombardment, the Strikers were held out, and a 2-1 result was scribed into the books.

Singleton Strikers coach Mick Jarvis held mixed feelings concerning the result against Belswans.

“We played all over them but it doesn’t get you points, unfortunately,” Jarvis said.

“We were trying to keep it on the deck and move the ball around. We were causing plenty of problems, hitting the crossbar. But what do you do when it doesn’t get you points? You’ve got to be happy with the football we played, though.

“Unfortunately, just not clinical enough in front of goal.”

Jarvis also compared Belswans game to “AFL” but meant no disrespect and praised the adaptability of the side he lost to on Saturday.

“We created a heap of chances, controlled all the possession, looked to play football,” Jarvis said.

“We didn’t look to play AFL and go long like they did. We were persistent to play the football we know we’re capable of because if you love football, that’s how you want to see football played.

“At the end of the day, [Belswans] adjusted to how we played and got the win. Congrats to them in that respect.”

Even though holding a majority of the ball, Singleton could not find the winner or equaliser.

“There’s no point to possession unless you’re putting the ball in the net and getting the result,” Jarvis said.

“Possession without purpose is pointless.”

Belswans coach Mick Stafford was happy with how his team battled for the win against a strong Singleton team.

“It was a gritty and gutsy win from the boys up there,” Stafford said.

“A tough pitch to play on but we adapted quite well and ground out a pretty solid result against a good Singleton side.”

Belswans’ depth in quality has been a critical aspect to their success with the trend continuing, having to use other players to make up the extra numbers. It seems that the players are carrying over the wins from reserve grade into firsts whenever they step up for Belswans, who remain top of the table in both grades.

“I was happy with how we adapted to play against that team. I’m really pleased with the boys that stepped up and the guys again that filled in for the boys that were missing,” Stafford said.

“Young boys Joel Nicholson, Matty Ellis and Cameron Lodge were standouts, as well as Danny Steele and Jackson Rush at the back. They all did a good job.

“The key area that won the game, I believe, was our work rate and our fitness. We, again, showed that we’re fitter and stronger than most teams in this competition and we can adapt to any style of play that suits the conditions we’re playing against.

“I’m just super proud of the position the club is at, at the moment. Going into the turnaround [of the season]. But we’ve still got a lot of work to finish off in what we’ve started on a pretty enjoyable season so far.”

The matches between Wallsend FC and Kahibah FC and West Wallsend SFC and South Cardiff FC were postponed.

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