BOMADERRY continued their good form in the Shoalhaven Football first grade men’s competition with a sizzling 5-1 defeat over St Georges Basin at Bomaderry Oval on Saturday.
“I was feeling fairly confident before the game because Basin were struggling and we had had a good couple of draws against Culburra and Manyana, but you are always wary,” Bomaderry coach Doug Foley said.
Basin coach Scott Aldridge chose to front a changed line-up for his side with seven reserve grade players moving up to play in the top division.
“This was due to the fact that some players don't like training,” Aldridge said.
Bomaderry took advantage of the young side in the first few minutes of the match with plenty of shots on goal.
Their ‘bull at a gate’ start worked well and they were rewarded with a goal in the first five minutes of the match.
Bomaderry striker Ben Foley picked up the ball from 30 metres out, and after one touch, put in a cracking kick that saw the ball fly into the back of the net just out of reach of the Basin keeper.
Despite this early attack, Bomaderry were unable to convert any more chances and the scoreboard remained 1-nil at ha;f-time.
“We were all over them, but what let us down was our final pass and shots on goal – we were hitting them too directly at the keeper and couldn’t just find our spot,” Foley said.
“But this is something we talked about at half-time.”
Aldridge said he advised his team to prepare for a tough 45 minutes.
“I knew the first grade team today would have to compete and stick with the two Hampton brothers tight or they could cause us some problems. The boys respond well with what I asked them,” he said.
Bomaderry finally found their mark in the second half, and good goals to Matt Kellett, Daniel Frew, Ben Foley and Dave Hampton had the team looking strong at 5-nil.
However Basin were determined to make their mark, a late goal to Tim Shields denied Bomaderry a clean sheet.
“I was pleased with all my team’s effort as although we lost 5-1, the boys never gave up, and scoring the last goal of the day certainly showed that,” Aldridge said.
“We gave them two goals from our own mistakes but that was expected with so many changes in the line-up.”
Foley said best on field for Bomaderry were Ben Foley, Matt Kellett and Dave Hampton, whereas Aldridge said all his players stood out.
Next round Basin will face Huskisson while Bomaderry will come up against United.
“We haven’t been able to get on top of them properly for a while but I feel like this time we will,” Foley said.
“But United have been like Shoalhaven Heads to us – we always feel like we can beat them but then we always get beaten.”