NUISANCE VALUE: Thomas Smith (left), a standout for Royals in defence, disrupts the movement of Aidan Neaves of Sailors. PHOTOS: SHANE SEDGER
NUISANCE VALUE: Thomas Smith (left), a standout for Royals in defence, disrupts the movement of Aidan Neaves of Sailors. PHOTOS: SHANE SEDGER

Struggling Sailors stuck on dock

STRUGGLING Sailors were overpowered by a Clocktower Hotel Royals side that struggled to finish plays and find the back of the goal throughout the 3-1 win.

The Sailors side got off to a sluggish start which the Royals capitalised on early, moving the ball freely through the midfield.

But the Royals were let down up the top with several players struggling to link the final pass or get their shot off into the goal.

Royals captain Matt Lobsey praised his side's defensive structures but admitted his side lacked that final touch.

"It was definitely good to get the win and our defence was much better during the game, the boys really muscled up," Lobsey said.

"We just need to put in effort to work on some of our combinations up the front.

"There were a fair few errors up in the front circle which really let us down."

The Royals side was working overtime with their substitute rotations, with plenty of the players covering positions they do not normally play.

"It comes down more so just with our squad," Lobsey said. "We have experienced a few injuries in recent weeks and we're missing some key players for the match."

The Royals side have played all of this season without a dedicated coach, which Lobsey believes is hindering their chances at making the Premier League finals.

"The hardest thing for our boys is that we do not have a permanent coach," he said. "The search for a coach has been going on all year and Brian [Napper] has done a fantastic job helping us run subs.

The veteran player has himself on several occasions considered giving up the game to coach the side but said he isn't quite ready to stop playing.

"I might have to put the stick down, but not yet."



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