Lack of numbers costs united again

25-04-2020 by admin

Poor player availability cost Parkes United mens Premier League hockey side any chance at the four points when they took on Zig Zag in Lithgow on Saturday afternoon.

Despite a great effort from the available players, United went down 6-1 to the side they beat 5-3 earlier in the season.

Player availability was the biggest issue for United with a combination of work commitments, injuries and general commitments from some players seeing United field only 10 players.

This set the scene for a long day at the office for Parkes.

However, they showed the hunger to not give up and made life difficult despite the score line.

While disappointed with only fielding 10 players, United stalwart Dan Wilson was pleased with his side’s effort.

“Like last week, player numbers were the difference,” Wilson said.

“We tried our hardest, but it is incredibly hard to play at this level a player short for a whole game.

“I can’t fault the effort of anyone who played today.

“It is days like these that you remember later in the year when things are getting tough.

“Hopefully this is the last time player numbers are an issue as we are at home for the next four games.

“It is now about those players who want a game, getting to training on Tuesday nights.

“The young players who have debuted the last two weeks have done nothing wrong and will be pushing for selection.

“Will Searl and Jayden Pusterla were great for young guys who are just starting out in Premier League,” he said.

Zig Zag aimed their attack at earning penalty corners early on and it took only three minutes for them to convert as a straight hit found the bottom right corner.

Soon after it was 2-0 as a lay off to the left hand side of the battery allowed Zig Zag a clear shot.

The shot made its way into the corner despite getting a touch off a United stick.

Zig Zag continued to move the ball around and shift the entire United team from one side of the field to the other as they looked to tire them.

It paid dividends as they were soon out to a 3-0 lead as another shot after a quickly taken corner found its way into the net.

United could do nothing but look on as the extra player was making life difficult.

Another penalty corner conversion had the lead out to 4-0 before Zig Zag made their advantage five goals on the stroke of halftime.

They counter attacked after one of United’s rare forays into Zig Zag’s defensive 25.

United started the second half strongly and managed to have a fair share of the possession.

They started to string a few passes together and even made a few circle entries as Zig Zag started to wander away from their original game plan.

They played a longer game which led to some smart interceptions from United’s defensive trio of Matt Job, Mitchell Townsend and Andrew Wright.

When Zig Zag did get a shot on target goalkeeper Nick Kelly was there to make a save and limit the damage on the scoreboard. However, Zig Zag did get their sixth goal when a drag flick was rocketed into the top left corner of the net.

To their credit, United fought hard and were rewarded with a goal for their efforts.

Josh Kearney made a great run and once inside the circle, managed to get the ball onto a Zig Zag foot for United’s first corner of the day.

Andrew Bourke stepped up and made no mistake as he cracked a shot into the top of the backboard to earn United a bit of pride on the scoreboard at 6-1.

ZIG ZAG 6 defeated PARKES 1 (Andrew Bourke).

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