Practice matches get the balls rolling for WFC
THERE’S still work to be done ahead of the Football Federation Australia (FFA) Cup clash with Country United if the weekend’s practice games against Wanderers are any indication.
The Whitsunday Football Club’s premier and reserve mens’ teams both played on Saturday, returning mixed results.
The premiers tied with Wanderers 3-3, but coach Eric Thompson was less than impressed.
“Andrew Hodgen, our goalkeeper, was man of the match which shows they were far more the superior team on the day,” he said.
“We struggled to put together the football we’ve been practising, we didn’t have our full squad and players played out of position... it’s going to be a learning curve to understand how I want them to play.
“The time we put football together we scored three goals but it was because of the performance of Andrew we were able to stay in the game.”
WFC led 3-1 at one stage and if it wasn’t for a goal in the last 10 seconds they would’ve won on Saturday, however pre-season matches are more about the process than the re- sult – which reflected Thompson and assistant coach Nick Hodgen’s frustrations.
The reserves went down 3-0 but Thompson said he “learnt a lot from the game”.
“We had a disjointed team. We weren’t able to put our strongest line-up out due to work commitments but it was a really good hit-out from our younger players,” he said.
“It really looked like early doors. It wasn’t up to the standard we needed.”
The Whitsunday Sportspark will host next week’s FFA Cup clash against Country United.
STRONG: WFC's Anthony Nobilia escapes a challenge during a practice match on Saturday in Mackay. Photo by Alison Langevad.