New Lambton have kept hold of the top spot in the Women’s Premier League, after defeating close table-rivals Warners Bay. The Panthers have been on the leader’s tail since the fifth round. Now there’s a nine-point gap between the two clubs.
The Panthers came out charging on Sunday afternoon, dominating the match at Alder Park, but it was New Lambton forward Georgia Amess who cracked open the game with the first goal. Amess netted twice in a handful of minutes, putting the home side ahead by two before Jenna Kingsley grabbed one back for Warners Bay.
New Lambton scored again in the second half, with Tara Andrews slotting home a stunning header from a cross from Emily Wicks. Sophie Jones sealed the game two minutes later after pouncing on a back pass to put the Eagles beyond sight.
Panthers captain Cassidy Davis said she felt her team had opened excellently at Alder Park, but that the result had just slipped away from them as the game played on.
“It wasn’t the result we were looking for today at all,” Davis said. “I thought we started well and that we were the better team for majority of the first half, but two little mistakes caused two goals which got us on the backfoot a bit. I thought we could have prevented those goals, just some things we could’ve done a bit better as a group.”
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Eagles boss Keelan Hamilton agreed with Davis’ assessment of the control of the game, but said he was pleased to see his team had “bettered” their performance as the game went on.
“I think we sort of got into a panic mode today and played a lot of balls long and aimless, but our individual defending really improved in the second half which helped us get the result,” he said. “In a few of our games against the teams at the top of the table we still haven’t really found that confidence to be able to go and impose ourselves on the game in terms of controlling the game with and without the ball.”
The Panthers’ defeat pushed them down to third on the ladder, after South Wallsend scored a 5-1 win against Thornton at Walker Fields to step into the chasing position behind the league leaders.
“They got the result in the end which is quite disappointing and frustrating, but when we can’t finish enough goals you’re not going to win, we just have to get back going next fortnight,” Davis said after her side’s 4-1 loss.
Also on Sunday afternoon, Football Mid North Coast fell short against Adamstown in a 1-nil clash at Wayne Richards Park, with Chelsea Lucas scoring the winning goal, while Rhali Dobson netted four to guide Merewether to a 7-1 win over Wallsend.
TABLE: New Lambton (33), South Wallsend (27), Warners Bay (24), Merewether (21), Wallsend (15), FMNC, Adamstown (6), Thornton (3).