Smithton claims points in difficult game

GNL. The Rocky Cape Tavern Smithton Saints men survived Launceston City in a frustrating Greater Northern League affair on Saturday.

In the previous game, the Saints women were defeated however the men rallied to turn the tables.

Entering the round with an undermanned side yet again, Smithton took control of the game quickly as it became apparent Launceston City were also struggling for numbers.

Jason House and Kade Wooldrage controlled the midfield to set up offensive opportunities for the majority of the first quarter however Smithton’s eagerness to score resulted in a tangled crowd in front of goals.

The Saints were more patient in the second term as Nigel Kingston and Nathan Johns expertly kept the ball in Smithton’s possession by moving it behind play and waiting for gaps in offence to open.

Frustration became obvious in the second half as Smithton were unable to break through their opponents’ defence.

Daniel Cramer worked overtime overlapping into attack to create an extra option in offence while Logan Buckby was able to perform in a similar role, running through the midfield and pushing the home side into attack time and time again.

Finally, Smithton broke the deadlock. Richard Cornish relieved some of the pressure with a slow slap from a penalty corner.

A final passage of play led the Saints back into the attack. A well timed pass into the circle found House, who expertly deflected the ball past the keeper.

Frustrated by a hard to control game, Smithton were pleased to earn valuable points in the uncontested two goal victory.

The Smithton Saints will travel to meet Queechy Penguins at St Leonards this Saturday (July 22).

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