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NEWFM 1st Division Round 12 Review

May 25th, 2015

By Isaac McIntyre 

Cessnock City FC 1 def. by Cooks Hill United FC 5
Turner Park 1
2.30pm, Sunday 24th May

The game of Sunday afternoon for the NEWFM 1st Division saw Cooks Hill United travel to Turner Park for their Round 12 clash.

Cooks Hill were looking to make amends after a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Thornton Redbacks mid-week, and Warren Spink knew that a win would be necessary to avoid United slipping into a rut in regards to form again.

The game started with Cooks Hill stamping their authority, making sure that they were the only team controlling possession at Turner Park, and both Peter Pryce and Bowen Bagnell threatened in front of goals, pushing for the first ball into the net that would give them the lead.

While Pryce’s chances were stopped, the goal scoring opened with a volley from Bagnell, and Jackson Petit smashed another goal home soon afterwards to give Cooks Hill the lead after 15 minutes of play.

United looked set to continue putting them into the back of the net before a mistake gave Cessnock City a chance just outside the box, and a slip from Kia Ross in between the posts saw the ball bounce past the keeper and into the back of the net, bringing the home team within a goal of the equalisation.

The surprise goal put Cooks Hill onto the back foot, with the Hornets hungry for another goal to bring them all level again. Stephen Thomson’s boys looked motivated to right the wrongs of the first 15 minutes, but Peter Pryce led the travelling team towards the goal mouth once more.

The deadly forward smashed in another goal, silencing Cessnock’s efforts in attack, and another followed soon after for Cooks Hill’s striker, claiming his brace with the two well-finished goals.

Half time closed out with one last goal from Bagnell again, matching Pryce’s brace and putting Cooks Hill’s tally up to five – uncatchable if they continued to show their dominance in the center of the field.

Spink was pleased with his team’s return to form after the Redbacks’ loss on Wednesday, and was quick to praise his star players.

“We’re good after that win and it showed that the Redbacks game was just a slip that we righted pretty quickly,” Spink commented.

“The boys followed on with this strong win and we’ve done well with six regular starters that have been missing from the first team.”

“It’s a good world when you can go into the half time break and speak to the team while leading with four goals, and the boys all did really well. The response after the Wednesday game was great with the guys, with Peter Pryce shining as always and big Jack Wilson at the back was solid as always. Our defence was a bit tighter, our finishing was a bit better and it gave us the win.”

“We haven’t had a game where we haven’t outplayed the other team all season and so now we look out towards the Valentine game and we’re looking to get another superb result – we’re looking to prove ourselves.”

The win puts Cooks Hill in fifth place, climbing above West Wallsend who has been struggling to break back into a finals position. Spink’s team now sit only two points outside a fourth place position and their game against Valentine next weekend will give them a chance to break into a top four spot in only their first season in the NEWFM 1st Division.

Cessnock meanwhile take on the Redbacks at Thornton Park, where both sides will be desperate for a win after a series of poor results, and a win could turn their performance around and put them right back into the mix in the second half of the season.

Match of the Round
Wallsend FC v Valentine FC
The Gardens
2.30pm, Sunday 24th May
Fixture postponed following the recent weather.

Singleton SC v Belmont Swansea United SC
Howe Park
2.30pm, Saturday 23rd May
Fixture postponed following the recent weather.

Kahibah FC v West Wallsend SFC
Kahibah Oval
2.30pm, Sunday 24th May
Fixture postponed following the recent weather.

Toronto Awaba FC v Lake Macquarie City FC
Lyall Peacock Field
2.30pm, Sunday 24th May
Fixture postponed following the recent weather

Thornton Redbacks FC
Bye

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