MATCH REPORT – 26th June 2016
NEWFM First Division ROUND 16 vs Lake Macquarie Roosters
The Singleton Strikers found the road trip to Lake Macquarie last Sunday to be a difficult one against the ladders leaders, with only the U19’s being able to bring home points.
The Betts Bower Haulage U17’s seemed to be in awe of their highly fancied opponents and let the home team dictate play for long periods. When they did switch on, the young Strikers showed they could match it with Lake Macquarie, but they lacked the consistency to really trouble them for long periods.
Trae Proudlock managed to score his 9th of the season but it was not enough to stop Lake Macquarie running out 3-1 winners.
The Viatek U19 game was an 8 goal thriller but both teams had to settle for a share of the spolis with a 4-4 draw.
The prolific Oliver Moody scored a brace with Nathan Smart and Tully Winsor also getting their names on the score board, and normally 4 goals would be enough. But a reshuffled Singleton back line left the defense looking fragile. Nic Hough has been one of the U19’s best this season, and his absence was conspicuous as the defense lacked its normal calmness.
The Singleton Strikers U23’s had plenty to play for in a game where a positive result would have seen them move up the table, but unfortunately they put forward perhaps their worst game of the year with a lackadaisical performance.
Lake Macquarie ran out 4-1 winners in a game that will not make the end of season highlights reel. Tom Hume scored the Strikers consolation goal.
The First Grade fixture saw the Onekey Resources team fresh from their record breaking FFA run take on the competition frontrunners Lake Macquarie.
Singleton were in the ascendency early, with Klaudon Ahmataj spurning a gilt edged chance to give the Strikers the lead in the opening minutes.
Lake Macquarie worked their way into the game and a defensive mistake gifted them the opening goal at the 25 minute mark.
Now with the momentum now in their favour, the home side pushed forward but the resolute Singleton defense held on with Stuart Plant showing off for his Mum & Dad visiting from the UK with two top shelf saves.
The second half saw the Strikers once again take the game to the home team with boom youngster Nathan Hall and Derek English both forcing the Lake Macquarie goal keeper into saves that would turn out to be match winners.
Singleton continued to push forward but to no avail, and when Lake Macquarie added a second on the breakaway late on, it was all over red rover.
The Royal Hotel Singleton Strikers have rescheduled games in U23’s and First grade on Wednesday night at Howe Park, before they are back at Howe Park next Saturday 2nd July in the much anticipated clash with former NPL heavyweights West Wallsend. Games commence with the U17’s at 9.15am with First Grade getting underway at 2.30pm, with the Singleton All Age Men’s team playing after First grade on what will be ‘Super Saturday’ at Howe Park.