GNL. The Tall Timbers Smithton Saints men travelled to take on Devonport in the Greater Northern League on Saturday while the women stayed at home.
For the men, Tomas Coker stepped in for goalkeeper Dylan Jago, producing a solid defensive performance.
Devonport slotted a goal past the keeper in the first five minutes of play before a second to take the lead at the quarter-time break.
The Saints started the second quarter stronger, gaining momentum and opportunities in offence however struggled to convert.
Claiming a penalty corner, Devonport converted the score before Smithton replied through Richard Cornish within the minute.
Determination increased and hard work paid off when the Saints posted a second goal from the stick of Cornish to enter the main break behind by one goal.
The second half proved challenging for both sides, testing the defensive structure of both teams on several occasions.
Devonport broke through the barrier with four minutes remaining in the third, increasing the margin to two goals in the final quarter.
Play continued in a similar style in the last term as Nigel Kingston stole the ball in defence to reach Ben Revell in the attacking circle and add to the Smithton score.
Despite the last ditch effort, the Saints were defeated 4-3.
In Smithton, the Saints women were without key players in meeting with Devonport.
The Saints penetrated the opposition’s defence with ease however unpolished play failed the side, allowing the visitors to turn the game around.
Smithton continued to gain plenty of attacking opportunities however struggled to convert, leaving the scoreboard untouched at half time.
The home side produced clean and crisp play in the second half as Abbey House used her finesse to lure her defenders to the backline before swiftly slipping a shot past the opposing keeper for the scoreboard advantage.
Sonia Poke, Melissa Stokes and Jandi Smith worked in defence to hold the Devonport side at bay throughout the fourth and hold onto the lead, to win unopposed.
This Saturday (July 14), the Smithton Saints will host City Marians in round 13 of the Greater Northern League.