Five-month streak ends

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Morgan

Gem­mell says a mix­ture of fac­tors con­trib­uted to the de­feat.

“Harold Moody Park was like a swamp in the mid­dle, which pulls the skill level right down.

“We suf­fered a few early in­juries that thinned out our bench.”

How­ever, he ad­mits his side were out­played by Glenora on the day.

“Glenora were more des­per­ate than us be­cause they’d only had one win. Ev­ery­one’s des­per­ate to make the top four.”

Gem­mell says his side will have to go into their next three matches with a “tougher men­tal and phys­i­cal approach” – that’s if they want to qual­ify in one of the top two spots be­fore the play­offs.

Mean­while, Marist picked up their first win of the Fox com­pe­ti­tion, over­com­ing North­cote 24-6 at Murray Hal­berg Park.

And in the Shar­man Cup, Bay Roskill had a close win over Eller­slie 44-38, Pon­sonby lost out to How­ick 24-10 and Rich­mond drew 18-18 with Ma­nurewa.

On Satur­day Mt Al­bert face Te Atatu at Fowlds Park, Marist take on Pa­pakura at Murray Hal­berg Park, Rich­mond play Man­gere East at Grey Lynn Park and Pon­sonby host Bay Roskill at Vic­to­ria Park.

All matches 2.30pm.

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