Lucky Yamba grab a draw
ON Sunday, the Yamba Breakers first division team travelled to Dairyville to take on the Orara Valley Dingoes in round four of the North Coast Football competition.
Yamba were on a hiding to nothing after coming off three straight defeats and for this match were without three of their 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 were clearly the better of the two sides, with the vast majority of possession, and they had countless shots on goal.
However, what Yamba lacked in skill and talent, they made up for in sheer determination and courage.
They defended like their lives depended on it and fullbacks Sam Marrott, Mick Brooker, Ben Plunkett, Harry Rosnell and Matt Sozou were nothing short of outstanding.
Strikers Dan Kirk and Trish Edwards caused plenty of headaches for the Orara defence and their amazing commitment in coming back to help their own defence did not go unnoticed.
James Doust was inspirational for Yamba and he ran himself to a standstill, controlling the midfield and working 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 of the match, Yamba felt unlucky not to be awarded a penalty and steal all three points after speed merchant Kirk was brought down in the penalty area as he was goal bound.
Perhaps by this stage Yamba had used up all their luck and the referee waved away their 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 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 their first Premier League competition point.
The squad will be giving everything they have to accrue a few more points during the season in what will be an almighty effort to stay out of the relegation zone.