GNL. The Tall Timbers Smithton Saints travelled to Meercroft Park to meet with West Devonport in round five of the Greater Northern League on Saturday.
A fierce contest ensued when the women took to the turf as Smithton attempted a new defensive strategy against the league ladder leader.
Earning four goals before the main break, West Devonport added a fifth in the second half to comfortably claim the game, uncontested.
Sam Porteus-Smith led the Smithton men in a dominant first quarter where the Saints striker notched two goals.
The second quarter however was a complete contrast as West Devonport applied enormous pressure on the visiting team’s defence.
Sharing the goalkeeping duties, Dylan Jago and Tomas Coker worked alongside Nigel Kingston to hold up the home side’s attacking attempts until West Devonport were able to add one goal to the scoreboard.
Kade Wooldrage extended the scoreline late in the first half allowing the Saints to hold a two goal margin at the main break.
As coach Nick Stokes urged the side to increase the intensity during the break, the spark he called for was absent in the third quarter. West Devonport showed they were a strong side as a second goal was added to the tally.
With the game in the balance, both teams missed multiple scoring opportunities throughout the final quarter for Smithton to take the 3-2 victory.
The Smithton Saints will host Queechy Penguins this Saturday (May 19).