MATCH REPORT – 27th May 2017
Northern League One – Round 12 vs Belmont Swansea
The Singleton Strikers hosted Belmont Swansea last weekend.
Singleton Strikers Bridges Altitude Business Group Under 15’s played Belmont Swansea in the first game of the second round of the competition and looked like a team that wanted to win and were on the attack from the first minute.
Singleton scored in the first attack when a great ball was centred from the left by Lachlan Bentley and Elijah Smith was at the back post to knock the ball past the Belmont keeper. Singleton continued to dominate with both wingers creating havoc with the Belmont defence and the pressure soon payed dividends when a Belmont defender scored an own goal.
Just before halftime Atticus Sinclair, who was playing his best game of the season, scored Singleton’s third goal when his shot from the edge of the penalty box beat the Belmont keeper.
The second half continued the same as the first half with Singleton dominating both possession and opportunities, unfortunately they only scored one more goal due to both poor finishing and taking too much time to get shots away in the opposition’s penalty box.
Singleton’s fourth goal was a great strike by Lachlan Bentley from just outside the penalty box that gave the Belmont keeper no chance. The Singleton team are to be congratulated on the standard of football they played however their passing and finishing still needs some work, the final score was Singleton 4 Belmont Swansea nil.
The Betts Bower Haulage Singleton Strikers U17’s was an evenly contested affair with both sides sparring for an opening. Singleton went close when a shot sailed just over the crossbar, and Strikers goal keeper Brae Wissink was called upon to make a finger tip save.
The second half started with Singleton in the ascendency, and the visitors were struggling to get out of their half.
Belswans played themselves back into the game, and a fierce shot struck Singleton’s crossbar before bouncing away to safety.
The game was cut short with both teams looking for an opening when Singleton’s Blake Wright suffered a suspected neck injury that required specialised medical attention.
A 0-0 draw was a fair result for both teams.
The Viatek U19 game started evenly.
Singleton nearly took the lead when Hamish Mayled steered a header just over the bar, and minutes later Singleton’s Will Holz saw his goal bound striker cleared off the line by desperate Belswans defence.
But unfortunately, it was the visitors who scored first when capitalising on a defensive error just before half time.
As the teams tired, the game opened up and both sides had good chances to add to the score line, but saw their chances spurned.
James Croucher went agonisingly close for the Strikers, but vtime ran out for the Strikers who were once again on the attack when full time blew, allowing Belswans to take all 3 points.
The U23 fixture started with Singleton well on top. The enigmatic Luke Geipel twice had the opportunity to put Singleton in front, but twice he fluffed his lines with the goal at his mercy.
0-0 at half time was probably a fair result given the closeness of the teams.
The second half was an arm wrestle. Coach James Anderson made a tactical substitution with the injection of Gale Basana, who’s extra pace almost earnt instant results.
Tom Hume stung the Belswans keepers hands, and Dylan Bentley had the ball in the net before it was ruled out for offside.
Try as they might the U23’s could not turn their superiority into goals, and a 0-0 draw was the final result.
The Onekey Resources First grade fixture was only just minutes old when Singleton’s key attacking midfielder Nathan Hall was stretchered off with a serious rib injury. Whilst Singleton was re-shuffling their line up, Belmont Swansea too full advantage to catch Singleton napping and scored the opening goal.
Singleton re-grouped, and the in form Joe Civello equalised for the Strikers with a well taken goal.
A high tempo game ensued, with both teams intent on playing attacking football.
Singleton were under pressure early in the second half, and had Stuart Plant to thank for keeping them in the game with a couple of classy saves.
As the second half continued, there was a sense that Singleton was just hanging on as Belswans appeared to go from strength to strength.
A late penalty sealed the deal for the visitors after a clumsy handball gifted Belswans a goal, and a third added in extra time added insult to injury.
Singleton play at home again next Saturday when they take on Wallsend in all grades. Games start at 9.15, with First grade kicking off at 2.30pm.