- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 30 April 2012
Photo: Wentworth Park, the home of Clarence United [PlessPix]
(Southern Premier League, Wentworth Park, Saturday, 28 April 2012)
Clarence United 0
Glenorchy Knights 0
Att: 90 Ref: K Barker
Clarence United: Cornish - Hardwick, Hedge (Malcolm 60), Lewis, Price - Cannamela, Cairns, Rees, Karas - Hoppitt, E Tsakiris (S Reilbel 70) (Subs not used: Brown, Aldridge, W Reibel)
Glenorchy Knights: Le Rossignol - Nowicki, Johnson, Holmes, Clay - Marney, Hey, Huigsloot, Letiko - Strang, Dawes (Roberts 70) (Subs not used: Marsh, Robb, Peter)
Photo: The view of Wentworth Park from behind the fence and in the 'terraces' [PlessPix]
I must apologise for the lateness of this match report.
I have two excuses. First, it took me until today to thaw out after what was a bitterly cold and damp night at Wentworth Park. Second, it was a scoreless draw and I was struggling to remember noteworthy incidents in what was a dull and tedious match.
Huddled with a group of other spectators under the overhanging roof of the clubrooms, it reminded me of watching a non-league match in England from the terraces behind the goal as one had to continually stretch and stand on tip-toes to get a glimpse of the action.
Glenorchy Knights had the better of play for all but the final 15 minutes and they might have scored twice.
Justin Letiko clipped the top of the bar with a header after a quarter of an hour, while Simon Strang shot low and wide into the side-netting.
Clarence had the ball in the net near the end, but Mr Barker negated the effort with an off-side call.
Aaron Cairns again showed a tendency to hold on to the ball and look for a killer pass rather than shoot as space opens up in front of him. This can be a little frustrating as he could possible have scored once or twice if he had been willing to shoot.
Clarence’s new Colombian goalkeeper, Carlos Ortiz, is due to arrive this week and he should be ready to play within a week or so. It’s probably just as well he didn’t play in this match as he would surely have frozen.
Clarence United coach, Ronnie Bolton, said:
“A poor performance from our side, but a very good performance from Knights.
“They were a better team on the night and they wanted it more.
“Some people might say it’s two points dropped, but, at the end of the night, I think it was a point gained, to be honest.
“Credit to the Knights. They played well.”
Glenorchy Knights coach, Chris Hey, said:
“We did things a bit differently this week and you could tell the guys were focused tonight.
“In the first half, I was really pleased with the way we really dominated the play.
“I don’t think they tested us, and I think we may have tested their keeper once or twice, which still isn’t enough.
“The second half was a lot more open. I thought towards the end there we lost our shape a little bit and they started getting around the back of us a little bit. Cairns started to become a little more of a force.
“Really proud of the guys tonight. Last week was disastrous, to be honest, but this week was an improvement.
“A point is a good point at this time of the year and where we’re sitting. We look forward to next week with the Lakoseljac Cup.”