Saints stuck in four-all stalemate

GNL. The Rocky Cape Tavern Smithton Saints men continued their run of drawn games while unable to break a deadlock with Tamar Churinga on Saturday.

In the final home game of the Greater Northern League season, Smithton entered the match as clear favourites however Tamar utilised speed and aggression to convert the first score.

The visitors continued to pile on the pressure as the home side struggled to find momentum.

Daniel Cramer and Logan Buckby worked tirelessly in an effort to carry the ball out of defensive danger however Churinga’s pressure became overpowering and a second goal was added to the scoreboard.

Smithton slowed the run of play and began to rebuild their structure. Recycling the ball around defence paid off almost immediately when Nigel Kingston and Nathan Johns were able to find space and thread the ball through to the forwardline.

Richard Cornish found the ball on one of these occasions and slid a backstick bunt past the keeper to keep the Saints in the game however Churinga responded quickly with a third goal moments before half time.

Whilst marking 300 club games, Smithton Saints captain Jason House was instrumental in building the home side’s offence and controlling the midfield to create scoring opportunities.

Joe Coombs converted a penalty corner before Kade Wooldrage notched a field goal to the tally less than one minute later to level scores.

In a fast turnover, Tamar regained the lead while House rallied the troops to secure a goal before the final change.

The final term was played at a frantic pace as Eddie Popowski stood out in a foreign position at halfback.

A frustrating missed penalty corner drag flick cost Smithton the game with a four-all final score. Requiring two victories from two games and relying on opposing game results to swing in their favour, finals contention is all but out of the Smithton Saints’ hands.

The women recorded a satisfying win over Tamar with Emma Innes-Smith securing a classy backstick goal before Darcey Smith slotted in the second score.

The Saints will face West Devonport this Saturday (August 12) in round 17 of the Greater Northern League.

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