Lack-lustre Tokoroa needs to improve
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.