Lack-lus­tre Toko­roa needs to im­prove

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa’s Fed­er­a­tion cam­paign suf­fered a set­back on Satur­day when lo­cal ri­vals Cam­bridge gained a de­served 2-0 win against a strangely sub­dued lo­cal side.

With sev­eral po­si­tional and per­son­nel changes from the pre­vi­ous game, Toko­roa strug­gled to get the ball down and move it with any speed or ac­cu­racy. A lack of move­ment off the ball and poor op­tion tak­ing early on came back to haunt Toko­roa as they were caught by a clas­sic counter at­tack.

From a Toko­roa at­tack­ing cor­ner, Cam­bridge were able to clear and with one long ball were in be­hind the home team’s de­fence, with a cov­er­ing John Reid ad­judged to have pull down the striker.

The re­sult­ing penalty was buried eas­ily and Toko­roa were now chas­ing the game. The task be­came even more dif­fi­cult be­fore half­time when a classy pass­ing move­ment saw the lead dou­bled with a fine strike from out­side the box. Down 2-0 at the break, the game ended as a con­test when Cody Ch­ester­man was sent off early in the sec­ond half and Cam­bridge played a pa­tient pos­ses­sion game to seal a de­served win. Best on show for Toko­roa was Gareth Wil­liams, while sub­sti­tute Michael Fitz­patrick showed enough to push se­ri­ously for a start­ing po­si­tion next week. Toko­roa will need to im­prove in all as­pects of play if they are to se­ri­ously threaten the top teams in the di­vi­sion.

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