On Saturday, Guyra United travelled to Narrabri to take on Namoi United. We were heading over with limited numbers. Quite a few players had to back up and play second grade and this already put us at a disadvantage.
We started the match pretty slowly. We were turning over possession too easily and Namoi had all of the first chances. They scored two quick goals within the first 15 minutes and had Guyra going backwards constantly.
Twenty-three minutes in, fatigue set in and an injury came for Adam Brennan who was one of the players who had to double up. Mason Harman then came on.
A few through balls and one twos created limited chances for the Guyra attack. Unfortunately, none of these were finished.
Guyra’s defensive players for this game were all over the place. When I say this I mean that we were all spread in unusual positions that we weren’t really used to. Austin Youman and I were playing in the centre defensive positions and Ashley Holt and Mason Harman, who just played a full second grade match, were on the two outside positions. Because of this newly formed back line, it took us a while to work out what we were doing. But it was a little too late as Namoi slotted in two more goals before half time. 4-0 down.
At half time, we discussed about playing for pride. We knew this wasn’t the strongest team we have had. But after all, you can’t expect a new team to overcome an already tough opposition who have been playing together all year. But in saying this, we were going out to play for pride and to achieve the best that we could achieve.
We started a little better in the second half. Our defence managed to hold out more goals than the first half. We were talking a lot better and showing more urgency to shut down any Namoi attack.
Brodie Harman had a good game in the halves along with Adam Lennon and BJ Kliendienst. These guys moved the ball well and at times had the Namoi defence guessing. Adam and BJ played well, not only in attack but helped out a lot in defence as well, which was extremely useful.
Namoi kept coming at Guyra. We probably managed to stop about ten goals in this half. But the opposition still managed to score three goals. 7-0 was the final score as the whistle blew.
This is a big score line but many of our players gained a lot of experience that will help the club a lot next time we are short on players, and make us even stronger when we have all of our players.
This weekend the Caspers take on North Armidale. These games are always interesting.
We still have one of our main defenders out this weekend and a halve position to fill as Bela Ring sadly played his last game last weekend as he has farewelled this great town to head back to Germany. Hopefully, we will be able to work out a few things at training this week and be competitive this coming Saturday against a strong side.
Not long now until our Retro Night! August 16 everyone! I hope you all have your night cleared and costumes ordered. It’s going to be an awesome night!
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