Breakers fight an epic
THE Yamba Breakers first division travelled to Dairyville yesterday to take on the Orara Valley Dingoes in round 4 of the North Coast football competition.
Yamba was on a hiding to nothing after coming off three straight defeats, and for this match Yamba was without three of its regular first-graders, including captain Simon Glossop.
Despite ending in a scoreless draw, the match was an epic with no shortage of action, tension and drama, which enthralled the large crowd and had everyone on the edge of their seats.
Orara was clearly the better of the two sides with the vast majority of possession and it had countless shots on goal.
However, what Yamba Golf and Country Club sponsored side lacked in skill and talent, they made up for in determination and courage.
Yamba defended like its lives depended on it and fullbacks Sam Marrott, Mick Brooker, Ben Plunkett, Harry Rosnell and Matt Sozou were outstanding.
Strikers Dan Kirk and Trish Edwards caused plenty of headaches for the Orara defence and their amazing commitment in coming back to help in defence did not go unnoticed.
James Doust was inspirational for Yamba and he ran himself to a standstill controlling the midfield and worked incredibly hard in defence.
Doust received huge support from fellow midfielders Luke Lucetti, Jack Wiggett and Victor Jensen.
Super-sub, young Ethan Durrington, came on late in the match and did not let anyone down in a solid performance for the last 10 minutes.
In the dying stages, Yamba felt unlucky not to be awarded a penalty and steal all three points, after speed merchant Dan Kirk was brought down in the penalty area as he was goal-ward bound.
Perhaps by this stage, Yamba had used up all its luck for this match and the referee waved away Yamba’s plea for a spot kick and the match ended fittingly at 0-0.
Yamba coach Dave Sheridan has been training the squad to accept the fact that they will play 70 per cent of each match this season without the ball and Sheridan has been drilling into the team a defensive pattern to suit.
The astute Sheridan’s tactics paid dividends on Saturday with Yamba FC securing its first Premier League competition point.
The squad will give everything it has to accrue a few more points during the season in what will be an almighty effort to stay out of the relegation zone.
Yamba FC is on the road again this weekend to Korora for a Sunday match-up against Northern Storm.
YOUTH LEAGUE: Orara Valley 5 – Yamba 1