Prac­tice matches get the balls rolling for WFC

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL

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.

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