Dou­ble strike for Knights puts City on the back foot

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

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.

Pic­ture: Richard Polden

Rock­ing­ham City striker James Harmer fends off pres­sure from West­ern Knights' Kev Ash­wood.

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