Soc­cer play­ers held to draw by or­gan­ised team

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By WAYNE DICK­SON

This week the Toko­roa men’s soc­cer team trav­elled to Hamil­ton to play FOSS at Jansen Park.

Toko­roa held to a 1-all draw when they came up against a very com­pet­i­tive and well or­gan­ised FOSS team.

Toko­roa started strongly and af­ter a short time be­gan to dom­i­nate the pos­ses­sion stakes. Shortly be­fore half time a pe­riod of pos­ses­sion turned into a great run by Des Phillips, which ended with him send­ing in a low cross which Ro­man Mas­ters was able to thump into the net for a well-de­served 1 nil lead go­ing into half time.

Af­ter half time, the game changed and FOSS picked up their game and caused Toko­roa all sorts of trou­ble in the mid field re­gion not be­fore Des Phillips brought out a su­perb save from the FOSS keeper who tipped his hard low vol­ley shot just around the post, shortly af­ter, Des Phillips (also player of the day) had to leave the field in­jured and was re­placed by Jo­bie Breuer. This en­abled FOSS to have more time at the back and they pushed fur­ther for­ward, look­ing for an equaliser.

In the 79th minute FOSS scored a goal when their mid­field player ran at the heart of the re­treat­ing Toko­roa mid­field and de­fence to then shoot be­fore some­one tried to stop him.

Toko­roa never gave up but sadly the game ended in a draw, with each team tak­ing only 1 point. Toko­roa coach David Wright was dis­ap­pointed with the draw as he thought that de­fen­sively play­ers were not as sound as usual. Toko­roa is still 2 points clear of the sec­ond placed team Melville.

Ob­vi­ously the re­main­ing five games will be cru­cial but points to the Huntly away game on Au­gust 13 as the piv­otal game to our sea­son.

Toko­roa’s next game is at home this Satur­day against Waikato Uni­col at 2.45pm at Strath­more Park.

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