Shattered Smithton Saints

GNL. The Rocky Cape Tavern Smithton Saints have suffered another heartbreaking loss, this time at the hands of Burnie Baptist.

Baptist arrived ready to play, while the Saints took time to settle into the game.

Baptist made them pay with two first quarter goals, placing Smithton firmly on the back foot.

Smithton found structure in the second quarter and were unlucky not to score on a series of penalty corners. Good running patterns and desperation by Saints strikers Kade Wooldrage, Eddie Popowski and Harry Lester kept Baptist’s defence busy, but the Saints couldn’t find the goals. Baptist were however able to add another to their tally before half time.

Smithton’s defenders stepped up under pressure. Dylan Jago making some very nice saves. Nigel Kingston and Dan Cramer were instrumental in keeping Baptist at bay.

Keegan Popowski took on a more defensive role this game and Jason House’s return to the midfield provided previously missing drive.

The Saints were urged to relax leading into the fourth quarter and focus on finding their brand of hockey again. This tactic allowed Smithton to rebuild and find positives in a game that was slipping away.

Baptist eventually taking the points with a 5-0 win.

Smithton, understandably disappointed with the scoreline, have spent the week repairing structural holes and will approach this week’s game with renewed aggression.

Smithton play City Marians in Burnie at 2pm on Saturday.

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