A royal showing
ROYALS may have been missing two of their gun strikers but for their coach John Taylor his side had just enough firepower to account for City Bears Cubs 2-0.
“We had Matt Lobsey and Rhys (Henwood) out but we still had a good side on the paddock,” Taylor told the Examiner yesterday.
“The Cubs played well, but for us it wasn't a convincing performance... I was disappointed in a few areas.”
It has been a stop-start season for Men's A grade this season; something Taylor believes has had an effect on his side's overall consistency.
“It's one of those seasons. It has been a slow start for all teams,” he said.
“It's very difficult to play with any consistency. We certainly have a lot to build on and hopefully the season will settle down.”
Taylor admitted his side had plenty of opportunities to find the back of the net but found it difficult getting the ball past the Cubs' goalkeeper.
“Their goalkeeper Aiden Cameron saved some quality shots on goal by putting his body on the line,” Taylor said.
“I also thought at times we lacked a bit of discipline which we need to work on during the week.
“Mitch Harley and Mick Hughes at the back were our best on the night.”
According to Taylor the Cubs can take a lot out of the game.
“It's a learning curve for them,” he said. “They can take plenty out of the game. They were a bit mundane with the ball and need to sharpen their attack. Use more width and vary their play.”
City Cubs' coach Peter Herden said he was also impressed with his goalkeeper on the night and added a bit of fine tuning wouldn't go astray.
“Aiden was very good for us and saved plenty of goals. And I thought all the kids performed well,” Herden said.
“We just need to fine tune a few things and take the bull by the horns.
“We need to run a few different angles, but as long as we keep improving I'm more than happy.”
Herden was full of praise for his young centre-half Nathan Butterick who controlled the Cubs' attack like a seasoned veteran.
“Nathan controlled most of our play and set up some good attacking raids,” he said.
“They (Royals) have some good attacking players and Nathan kept them in check for most of the game.”
In the other A grade match City Bears hung on for a hard-fought 3-2 win against competition favourites Barbarians.
Down 3-1, Barbarians made a late charge but without their three key strikers were always going to be under the pump to find the net.
“We were missing the Urquhart boys Troy and Laurie and also Josh Wainwright,” Barbarians coach Kyran Robertson said.
“So we were down a bit of strike-power. We came back in the second-half so I'm happy with our performance.”
Bears were also without several quality players and according to Dave Dart it was a matter of missed opportunities
“We were also missing a few but with the players they had out, they probably missed them more than we missed ours,” Dart explained.
“I think we missed at least five open goals.
"Guys were trying to hit the ball on the run instead of composing themselves.”