First-timers Yamba do it tough
YAMBA’S inaugural First Division soccer side got a dose of reality on Saturday, but the man who was left picking the ball out of the net had one message to rival clubs: Bring it on.
Yamba’s goalkeeper and club vice-president Rod Menzies was the last line of defence in the opening round 7-1 loss to Woolgoolga at the Yamba Sports Complex.
Despite the heavy loss, the club’s playing stocks remain staunch in their ambitions for the campaign.
“I think all the boys were really nervous before the match started,” Menzies said.
“Woolgoolga with their experience were just quicker off the mark.
“But we know it’s going to be a long, hard year but the boys are up to the challenge.
“Our goal is to stay out of last position.”
The one highlight from the contest was the performance of substitute Jason Bosward, who injected some much-needed enthusiasm into a Yamba outfit which fell behind by four goals at the break.
“For about a 20-minute period in the second-half we really matched them and it showed we could compete,” Menzies said.
“Eventually fatigue set in and we fell behind but we know that we can compete.
“We just need to do it for 90 minutes and not just 30.”
The club’s under-19 squad went down 4-0 to Woolgoolga in the earlier match but showed enough for rivals to know Yamba has some real promise.