Western Springs out­classed

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JU­LIAN RAETHEL

It was a tough one to swal­low but Western Springs’ 3-0 loss to Glen­field comes with lessons learned.

It doesn’t get any eas­ier as Springs head to Be­croft Park this Sun­day to face sec­ond-placed For­rest Hill-Mil­ford, who are fresh from a 5-0 de­mo­li­tion of Lynn Avon United.

Prepa­ra­tion will need to be spot on for this Western Springs side, who have dropped down to fourth af­ter their heavy loss to Glen­field at McFetridge Park.

Glen­field’s Katie Rood ter­rorised the Springs de­fence and scored all three of her side’s goals on June 21, in­clud­ing two by the half­time whis­tle.

The first came in the third minute when Rood was put into space on the left side and cap­i­talised when Springs keeper Ash­leigh McNaughton un­luck­ily slipped over.

Rood found the back of the net again 15 min­utes later, this time down the right with a nice strike into goal. The fi­nal nail came in the 65th minute when she once again beat the de­fence.

With 22 goals and the league’s lead­ing scorer, Glen­field coach An­drew Clay is scratch­ing his head as to why the Football Ferns aren’t giv­ing Rood a shot.

De­spite Glen­field’s dom­i­nance Clay says ‘‘it was tougher than 3-0. The score­line lied a bit’’.

– Western Springs v For­rest Hill-Mil­ford, June 28 at 1pm, Be­croft Park.

Glen­field’s Caitlin Small­field, left, col­lides with Springs’ Sam Muir­head.

Photos: PHO­TOTEK

Western Springs’ Evie Mil­lynn looks to con­trol the ball against Glen­field.

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