Soccer players held to draw by organised team
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.