Lake Macquarie City FC 7 defeated West Wallsend SFC 0
Wednesday, June 15, 7.45pm
Sam Walker scored four goals as Lake Macquarie returned to the top of the NEWFM First Division table in emphatic fashion with a 7-0 demolition of West Wallsend at Macquarie Field on Wednesday night.
The Roosters were first at the start of the week with a two-point lead over Belmont Swansea and three points to third-placed Kahibah.
However, Lake Macquarie dropped to third after Belswans and Kahibah both gained three points following clubs being penalised for fielding suspended players.
The Roosters went back on top to 34 points with the win on Wednesday night in the rescheduled round 14 game, in which they led 4-0 at half-time.
Blake Green scored from the spot, Steve Rospigliosi found the back of the net and Walker grabbed two goals in the first half. Walker scored two more and his brother, Dan, also got on the scoresheet in the second half.
West Wallsend was one of the penalised clubs on Wednesday, dropping from 18 to 15 points.
Bluebells coach Gary Rowe said the news on Wednesday and loss of Michael Baillie, Tye Jones, Dom Langowski and Kieran Sasim to injury or suspension for the game made for a difficult preparation.
“We lost the mental battle pretty quickly after they scored a couple of goals,” Rowe said.
“We just made too many defensive errors. We had a few out, then the points deduction and those factors certainly didn’t help, but it’s no excuse for getting thumped like that.”
Lake Macquarie coach Anthony Richards said his side were at their best against the Bluebells.
“I spoke before the game about how it could go either way after the news,” Richards said.
“West Wallsend could come out fired up and desperate for points or they could be a bit off, but I don’t think it would have mattered because our boys were up for it and played really well.
“We spoke briefly about what the points change meant for us, but it doesn’t worry us. We can only control we can do and we just need to keep winning games.”
Roosters centre-back and skipper Mat Grey was the only casualty out of the game, coming off with a hamstring strain in the first half.
Cooks Hill United FC 0 defeated by Wallsend FC 1
Wednesday, June 15, 7.45pm
Newcastle Athletics Field
Player-coach David Hodgson scored the winner as Wallsend capped a tumultuous day with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cooks Hill at Newcastle Athletics Field.
Hodgson, in his second game in charge, scored off a rebounded shot midway through the second half and the Red Devils were solid in defence to hold onto their lead.
The win followed the deduction of six points from their competition total that day for fielding a suspended player twice in victories over Toronto Awaba and Belmont Swansea. The victory lifted them to 25 points, nine behind leaders Lake Macquarie.
The loss was a missed opportunity for Cooks Hill, who stayed in sixth place on 16 points.
Cooks Hill coach Blake Glennie was pleased with the performance given he had five regular starters out through injury or suspension. Jack O’Toole, Jack Wilson, Asher Beasley, Luke Alexander and Stuart Thomson missed the match.
“It was a good, close game and under the circumstances, I was happy with the way we played,” Glennie said.
“It doesn’t make it easy when you have players out but all the boys who came in had a go.”
Glennie said Jackson Pett had an excellent chance saved in the first half and Tom Sparre had half-chances, but the experienced Wallsend side were otherwise in control of the game.
“I’m really happy with how we have played the last couple of games and we haven’t always got what we deserved,” he said.
“We played well against Wallsend but they are a quality side with some experienced former state league players.”
Toronto Awaba FC 1 defeated by Cessnock City FC 3
Wednesday, June 15, 8pm
Lyall Peacock Field
Connor Heydon scored twice as last-placed Cessnock finished over the top of a gallant Toronto Awaba 3-1 at Lyall Peacock Field.
Heydon scored off a great build-up from new signing Kyle Clarke to put the hosts ahead early but Toronto Awaba hit back through a goal from recent addition Johnny Nicholson late in the first half for a 1-1 score at the break.
Leading scorer Jeremie Morton made it 2-1 on the four and Heydon sealed the win off a Wade Attewell ball 15 minutes later.
Cessnock coach Steve Thomson was pleased his side were able to transfer their training ground efforts into a win after a run of frustrating results. However, he said his team did not take enough chances and should have led at half-time.
The Hornets remain last but the win moved them to eight points, just two behind Toronto Awaba.
Stags coach Tony Jovcevski said Cessnock started strongly in the first 15 minutes but his side took control of the play until injuries and a lack of depth took their toll in the second half.
He said Caleb Prebble, Luke Jovcevski, Ian Roberts and Jessi Cowie played through injuries in the match.
* The round 14 Singleton Strikers v South Cardiff FC match at Howe Park and Thornton Redbacks FC v Belmont Swansea United FC game at Thornton Park will be played on Wednesday, June 29, 8pm. Kahibah have the round 14 bye.
* The competition rests this weekend for the FFA Cup qualification matches at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility. Singleton play Thornton and Belmont Swansea take on Lambton Jaffas on Saturday.