Honey­bears loss a tough pill to swal­low

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FOOTBALL: Chin­chilla Honey­bears took on an un­de­feated Rockville in a clash of the two in-form teams in the Toowoomba Football League.

Honey­bears were look­ing to make a state­ment of in­tent com­ing into the fi­nal rounds of the com­pe­ti­tion and came out fir­ing.

It took the Honey­bears 15 min­utes to open the scor­ing.

Af­ter some good play down the left wing from Imo­gene For­rest the ball broke for Claire Valler in the mid­dle of the park.

Valler took a cou­ple of touches to clear her feet and then rock­eted a shot past a help­less Rockville goal­keeper.

Honey­bears kept push­ing and dou­bled their lead in the 28th minute af­ter Nikola Steven­son lobbed the Rockville goal­keeper from an acute an­gle.

Rockville did look dan­ger­ous on the counter and scored a goal in the 35th minute com­pletely against the run of play af­ter win­ning a free kick on the edge of Honey­bears’ penalty area.

The free kick slipped past Honey­bears goal­keeper Jess Bolewski who was un­sighted by the Rockville at­tack­ers.

Rockville lev­elled the game 2–2 right on half-time af­ter the Honey­bears failed to clear their lines and the ball broke kindly for Kim­berly Gun­der.

Both sides came out fight­ing in the sec­ond half which saw clear cut chances hard to come by.

Rockville came close to grab­bing the win­ner with a free kick that was well saved by Bolewski.

Honey­bears’ re­sis­tance was bro­ken three min­utes from time when a long ball played through the heart of their defence wasn’t dealt with, al­low­ing Toby Ad­di­son to run through and ride a last-ditch chal­lenge from Jus­teen Kruger to calmly slot the ball.

Honey­bears fought right to the death but were un­able to get the equaliser, with the game end­ing Rockville 3, Chin­chilla Honey­bears 2.

Honey­bears coach Tim Tay­lor said they were gut­ted by the loss.

“A game I thought we dom­i­nated as far as pos­ses­sion and field po­si­tion goes, to lose in the last cou­ple of min­utes is a tough pill to swal­low,” he said.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

FIND­ING SPACE: Honey­bears player Clare Valler.

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