Double strike for Knights puts City on the back foot
Rockingham City Football Club’s inconsistent home form continued last Saturday, as top-of-the-table Western Knights went three points clear of the pack in the All Flags State League with a 2-0 victory at Lark Hill.
The home side, who welcomed back captain Sean Brady from injury and debutant Josh Metzger into the starting 11, were undone by two classy goals, one just before and one straight after half-time.
Joshua Cortes opened the scoring for the visitors just before the break after he beat his man and fired home to score a classy individual effort.
Minutes after the break Paul Lloyd doubled the advantage for the Western Knights.
Lloyd neatly controlled a cross that came in from out wide, before rifling home a shot into the top corner.
Rockingham coach Rob Crerar said the visitors were fully deserving of their win but lamented the timing of the two goals his side conceded.
“They were better all over the park than we were and that’s probably why they are top of the league, to be honest,” Crerar said.
“We spoke at half-time about the need to respond and the need to create some opportunities.
“Unfortunately for us we didn’t defend well enough and they scored just after half-time, which was really disappointing.”
With Rockingham sitting fourth at the halfway mark of the season, Crerar said he wanted his side to address their inconsistent home form in the second half of the season.
“We’ve been disappointing in our home games — we’ve lost three or four at home, which isn’t what you want, but on the flip side we’ve been fantastic when we’ve gone away,” he said.
“To be fourth and two points behind second at the halfway mark with some winnable fixtures coming up is probably where we deserve to be.
“We will look to improve our home record as the season goes on, starting this Saturday against Bunbury.”
The game against the South West Phoenix will kick off at 3pm on Saturday at Lark Hill.
Rockingham City striker James Harmer fends off pressure from Western Knights' Kev Ashwood.