NPL Men’s NNSW Round 12 Review: Newton hits four to seal back to back wins for Cooks Hill

May 30th, 2022

 James Paras

Sproule Sports Focus

Adamstown Rosebud 3-4 Cooks Hill United

Cooks Hill United made it back-to-back wins when they defeated Adamstown Rosebud in a thriller on Saturday.

Four goals from Bailey Newton were enough to see Cooks Hill leave Adamstown Oval with all three points, as the visitors took another step away from the bottom of the table after defeating Lake Macquarie City 5-0 mid-week.

Adamstown fought bravely as they equalised twice and looked set to collect their first points of the season. But a later winner from Newton ensured Rosebud remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Newton opened the scoring for Cooks Hill in the seventh minute, latching on to a cross from Sam Webb, giving the visitors the early advantage with a simple tap in.

Newton grabbed his second just after the half hour mark as he found himself alone in the penalty area again after another incisive pass from Webb. The last pass from Josh Benson was a clever back-heel that found Newton unmarked in the box, extending their advantage to 2-0.

But Rosebud, as they have done so often this season, refused to go away. The hosts pegged a goal back just minutes later through Kyle Munns, who stuck his foot out to collect a cross into the box with his back to goals, leading the ball to sail over Cooks Hill goalkeeper Ryan Furness’ head, making the score 2-1.

The comeback was well and truly on for the home side as they levelled the scores in the 40th minute through a cross-come-shot from winger Narveen Richardson.

With scores locked 2-2 at half-time, Newton completed his hat-trick in the 53rd minute to restore Cooks Hill’s lead. Newton again profited off a Webb cross and showed great composure to get the ball onto his other foot and smash his shot home.

Adamstown showed great determination and grit to hang in the game and found their second equaliser in the match through Dane Lawther in the 77th minute, making the scores 3-3.

The game was up for grabs in the last 10 minutes but it was the visitors who took full advantage. Newton broke away on a counterattack in the 85th minute, calmly slotting home his fourth goal of the match to secure the three points for his side.

After initially struggling in front of goals, Cooks Hill have now scored nine goals in two matches and coach Dave Tanchevski said confidence and the arrival of Webb had been key to turning the tide.

“Webby is awesome,” Tanchevski said.

“He wasn’t getting much of a chance in Maitland in first grade so we had a chat and brought him over. He is full of quality and we are seeing him get better each week and more confident.

“I think we have scored 12 goals in three games now and I think Sam Webb has provided eight or nine of those.

“The first four games of the NPL were tough. We had a few hard games but we were also lacking in the front third and that’s when we signed Sam Webb and Josh Benson and I think that has really contributed.”

Weston Workers FC 2-2 Newcastle Olympic

Nothing could separate Weston Workers and Newcastle Olympic as they played out an entertaining draw on Saturday.

Both sides came into the match at Rockwell Automation Park looking to solidify a place in the top five but it was the visitors that found the breakthrough in the seventh minute with Musa Kamara finishing off a perfectly placed through ball from Jared Muller.

The early exchanges saw both sides create chances but the match boiled over in the 23rd minute when Olympic’s Malik Thom was shown a red card for his reaction to a heavy challenge from Weston defender Zac Sneddon.

Olympic coach Joel Griffiths was also sent off midway through the second half, leaving the away side a man down and with no coach on the sidelines.

The home side sensed their opportunity to find an equaliser following Olympic being reduced to 10 men. A goal-line scramble in the 34th minute proved a missed chance for Weston, with the Bears unable to capitalise on a loose ball close to goals.

Isaac Watts was a new face for Joel Griffiths’ side as he made his senior debut for Olympic, with the 16-year-old in goal in place of the absent Adam Pearce.

Dutch import Moustafa Mohammad gave Watts his first taste of what he can expect in first grade, with the forward turning his defender and curling a clever shot from the edge of the penalty area, beating Watts at his far post to restore parity at 1-1.

Weston almost found the lead minutes before the break as Nathan Morris fired a long-range shot forcing a save from Watts but Weston’s Sam Kamper was unable to capitalise on the loose ball.

Olympic would not go away despite being a man down and were still able to create chances but the scores remained locked heading into the break.

Weston’s Paul Sichalwe submitted his goal of the year contender six minutes into the second half with the midfielder unleashing a fizzing shot from well outside the penalty area that left Watts with close to no hope of saving as he found the top left corner.

Olympic refused to lie down and persisted until they found their equaliser in the 73rd minute, with Declan Hughes on the scene to tap home from a dropped ball from Weston goalkeeper Jacob Zissis.

The scores remained locked at 2-2 for the remainder of the game, with the home side no doubt rueing some missed opportunities to take all three points from the match.

Weston assistant coach Anthony Richards commended Olympic’s ability to hang in the match despite being a man down and made special mention of their debutant goalkeeper.

“We did have chances to win the game,” Richards said.

“Olympic were really good and desperate. They showed a lot of energy and special mention to their young goalkeeper [Isaac Watts]. I think he is 16-years-old and made his debut and he was fantastic I thought.

“The two goals we scored against him were top shelf goals. I don’t think any other goalkeeper would have saved them either. It was a fairly intense game with players being sent off and then coaches being sent off, so he should be congratulated.”

Valentine FC 1-0 Edgeworth FC

Valentine notched their third win of the season when they downed Edgeworth in a tight contest at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Valentine came into the match looking to stop a three-game slide that threatened to undo their strong start to the season, while Edgeworth were looking to make it three wins on the trot.

The venue was changed to Jack McLaughlan Oval after it was deemed CB Complex was unsafe for the players due to the recent rain.

It was a familiar story for the Valentine side as most of their campaign has been affected by the rain, resulting in Valentine playing just five games leading into this match.

But Valentine showed early in the match that they were there to play and the visitors opened the scoring through Jye Bailey in just the fourth minute.

Bailey showed great vision to identify that Edgeworth keeper Josh Lowe was off his line and took a shot from well outside the penalty area, catching Lowe off his line and giving Valentine the lead.

Valentine kept the pressure on the home side and they threatened at times to extend their lead while Edgeworth tried to find their foothold in the match. But ultimately the Eagles could not muster much that goalkeeper Brodie Volkienne could not handle.

The second half saw Edgeworth emerge with new urgency, with the home side determined to find an equaliser with Volkienne having plenty more to do in the second stanza.

Eagles striker Jeremy Brockie was not able to find himself in space like he usually would, as Valentine looked to double their lead with two efforts that collected the woodwork late in the half.

But Bailey’s first half strike proved to be the difference as Valentine registered their third win of the season. Valentine coach Adam Hughes said it was that type of performance that he wanted to instil in his team’s culture.

“It was a good fighting spirit from the boys,” Hughes said.

“I said to them it’s about building momentum and we haven’t been able to train lately, so to go out and give a performance like that, it shows the character of the boys. [We aren’t] the finished product yet but the determination and fight and the way they went about the match were fantastic.

“[The goal from Jye Bailey] was fantastic technique from him, especially with the way the pitch was, to put the shot where he wanted was the result of hours of technical work. It’s a credit to his vision.”

Broadmeadow Magic 5-0 Lake Macquarie City

Broadmeadow Magic flexed their muscles to put five past Lake Macquarie City to go top of the table at Magic Park on Sunday.

Magic have stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches with their win against Lakes and now move to 19 competition points, equal with table-toppers Charlestown Azzurri who enjoyed the bye this round.

Magic’s firepower was on show for all to see, with five separate goal scorers contributing to the romp.

The opening half hour was tightly contested with both sides seeming to be affected by the heavy pitch.

But it was the ever-reliable Jacob Dowse who opened the scoring for the evening with the striker grabbing his ninth goal of the campaign in the 34th minute with a clever header.

Lakes kept the home side to just one goal in the first half but Magic were not without their chances, with enigmatic forward Bailey Wells almost curling one in from the edge of the penalty area to close out the half, forcing an acrobatic save from Lakes goalkeeper Blaire Ryan.

Ryan Ansor grabbed Magic’s next goal, capitalising with a strong header from a corner that doubled the home side’s advantage.

Magic striker Jarred Baker got in on the action in the 63rd minute, with the tall forward showing some sublime skill to calmly volley his shot that rocketed past Ryan to make it 3-0.

Magic cruised for the last quarter of the match, with Jayden Stewardson adding his name to the scoresheet in the 84th minute and then substitute Oscar Ward showing great composure to shake his defender and smash his goal home in injury time to make it 5-0.

Magic coach Damian Zane said the first half was a grind for his side and the score did not reflect how tough the match was, also highlighting how Magic’s substitute players made a difference.

“It was tougher than the score line blew out to,” Zane said.

“I thought Lakes were nuisance value and they were tough in the first half, even in the start of the second half. But after scoring the second and third, we got fairly comfortable from then on. It was a strange match because 5-0 makes it look one way but it wasn’t.

“We mentioned a couple of weeks ago, where we thought that generally we are really happy with our substitutions but we did notice a bit of a dip. But since that moment we have really stepped that side up and all our substitutes came on today and really added to the match.

“[Having multiple goal scorers] is the way I like to coach. I like my teams to be that, there isn’t just one focal point, because you can shut that down and then no one else can score. The more avenues you have to goal, the harder you become to defend and that leads to success.”

The loss handed Lakes their second 5-0 loss inside a week after going down to Cooks Hill midweek. It doesn’t get any easier for Keelan Hamilton’s side as they now turn their attention to the unbeaten leaders Charlestown Azzurri next weekend.

The match of the round between Maitland FC and Lambton Jaffas was postponed due to an unplayable pitch at Cooks Square Park.

Charlestown Azzurri had the bye

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