HIT106.9 Northern League One Round Six Review: Taylor the difference as first half blitz helps Eagles dull Strikers

May 16th, 2022

 Jacob Briers

 Mathew Packer

Match of the Round
Singleton Strikers 1-3 New Lambton FC

Riley Taylor scored one goal and created two others as a first half barrage helped New Lambton down Singleton 3-1 on Saturday.

It was a disappointing way for Singleton to mark their first home match at Civic Park as New Lambton started quickly to score three first half goals.

Taylor opened the scoring for New Lambton midway through the first half, calmly finishing a penalty into the bottom left corner after sending Singleton goalkeeper Corey Cleaver the wrong way.

The Eagles ran riot, capitalising on Singleton’s lax defensive transition. Dylan Bozinovski doubled New Lambton’s lead, with Joel Caldwell adding a third not long after.

Joe Civello missed a golden opportunity to get Singleton on the scoresheet on the brink of half-time, unable to find the back of an open net.

Singleton came out a much-improved team in the second half with Jackson Cox scoring within the first two minutes, with Joel Barner producing a noteworthy assist.

Despite admirable efforts to get back into the game, Singleton could not penetrate their opposition’s authoritative defence.

It was an all-round quality performance from New Lambton with Taylor arguably the difference between the sides in the first half, staking involvement in every goal, scoring one and assisting two.

“I thought Riley was really good,” New Lambton coach Tom Davies said.

“He has started to come into some really good form the last couple of weeks.”

“In terms of managing the game, [the first half] was probably one of our better halves.

“I’m really happy with how we executed the first half. We executed [our chances] the first half a lot better than we have done so far this season.

“Our subs were really important today with the heavy pitch. Everyone that came on played their role and put in 100 per cent, allowing us to [see] out the game.”

The win was a substantial result for New Lambton, considering the opponents, their current form and table position.

“It was a team effort,” Davies said.

“You can see at the end with the way we celebrated, everyone gave everything out there.

“We had to today because [we were] up against Singleton and we knew they would bring the fight, so we had to match it for the whole 90 minutes.

“It’s an important three points away to Singleton.”

New Lambton climbed to second on the table after five games.

It was a dismal first half for the Strikers with a couple of critical aspects in Singleton’s defensive display seemingly absent as the Eagles soared to a 3-0 lead.

“Our defensive transition would be a key aspect where they got us,” Singleton Strikers coach Mick Jarvis said.

“In defence, we needed to be more patient and composed, which we were the second half.“

Jarvis said that while the loss was not the result they desired, lessons were learned and the atmosphere in the dressing room had not dwindled.

“[At half-time] we spoke about being smarter defensively, standing players up, turning them around and having better structure,” Jarvis said.

“You saw how the boys responded. They knew they weren’t playing to their potential in the first half. They knew they were better than that.

“I can’t fault the second half. We outplayed them 1-0. That’s what we need to do for 90 minutes.”

Jarvis said Singleton’s second half display was a sign of things to come.

“I think we created enough chances [in the second half] to get back in it and honestly, I think we were the better side the second half,” Jarvis said.

“If we start putting that performance together for 90 minutes there’s not a side in the competition we won’t beat.”

Singleton had an opportunity to potentially change the game’s dynamics towards the back end of the first half, but unfortunately Civello could not capitalise on an open net.

“Civ hit the post before half-time there. That goes in and we’re back to a two-goal [deficit],” Jarvis said.

“Civ [was] again being where he needs to be. We talk about it week in, week out, just being where he needs to be. With that [shot], another inch and it goes inside the bar.

“That’s football. Sometimes it falls your way and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Belmont Swansea United 3-0 Cessnock City

Belmont Swansea United opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table with a convincing 3-0 win over Cessnock City on Saturday.

It was a memorable day for Belswans at Blacksmiths Oval as the club secured nine points against the Hornets across the three grades.

Belswans were on the front foot for most of the first grade game but could not find an opener until five minutes before half-time, going into the sheds up 1-0.

“It was a tough game to play in,” Belswans coach Mick Stafford said.

“We started pretty strong but lacked that final ball execution in front of goals.”

The second half was similar to the first as Belswans applied a bulk of pressure and nullified any slim chance Cessnock had in attack.

The home side finally doubled their lead midway through the second half through Cameron Lodge. Belswans sealed the result not long after through Kane Woolston.

Despite the dominant 3-0 win, Stafford believes his team’s attack was below par and thought the score had the potential to extrapolate, much like the other two senior games.

“We definitely dominated field position and chances,” Stafford said.

“[At half-time] I told them we need to sharpen up a bit if we really want to contend this year and be better in front of goals and completing passes. Cessnock did make it tough at times. But really we should have had the game in the bag by half-time.

“Our defence was our main strength in the game. [Cessnock] held out quite well, which opened up opportunities up top which the attackers would agree they were poor in their execution.

“We lacked that finishing prowess that would’ve taken the game away a lot more. But we’re happy with the clean sheet and a 3-0 result.”

Stafford credited Cessnock goalkeeper Ethan Gunther with a brilliant performance. He labelled it a man of the match calibre game for Gunther, who was critical for keeping the score at only 3-0

“[Cessnock’s] keeper was the best player on the park by a mile. He had a blinder, saving about 25 shots,” Stafford said

But even considering the outstanding goalkeeping it was not the best day to be a Hornet.

Cessnock coach Brad Miles could not pick out many positives from the game. He categorised it as a significant learning curve for future fixtures.

“We were positive a half-time though being 1-0 down,” Miles said.

“Coming back out, we thought we could pinch a goal back but it just wasn’t to be.

“Just a lack in concentration against a really well-drilled team. We learnt a few lessons today.

“We just [need to be] more patient and better decision making. We’re only a young team and we’re learning as we go.”

It was also a day to highlight the hardworking volunteers. Stafford credited the game’s go-ahead at Blacksmiths solely to the Belswans groundskeeper and committee.

“Big credit has to go to our groundsman and committee for their tireless work preparing the pitch for today’s game where it might not have been on,” Stafford said.

“We’re blessed to have such a good groundsman and committee.”

The matches between Kahibah FC and Toronto Awaba FC, South Cardiff FC and Thornton Redbacks and West Wallsend SFC and Wallsend FC were all postponed due to wet weather.

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