On Saturday, Dungog reserve grade soccer club travelled down to Mayfield for a tough encounter with a vastly improved Mayfield side from last year.
The game started brightly, with Mayfield having the early running of the match, testing out the Dungog defence early.
Dungog began to get a greater foothold in the game however, as the experience of Brett Bates helped to control possession in Dungog’s favour.
Tom Atkins was looking solid at the back until forced off with injury, which caused a reshuffle in Dungog’s defence.
Ten minutes before halftime, the deadlock was broken after some great lead up work between Julian Dower, Paul French and Russell Johnson-Bade culminated in Terry Campbell smashing a shot into the back of the net to give Dungog a one-goal advantage heading into the break.
The second half was again controlled by Dungog with a number of scoring opportunities created.
Michael Bennett was unlucky not to score from the sideline, whilst Teejay Hoch was unlucky to not score from distance.
Teejay’s patience eventually payed off as he collected a ball in midfield and raced into the opposition half before lashing a powerful strike into the net.
This was a well-earned goal from a player who is growing in confidence playing in the unfamiliar role of central midfield.
Michael Wade and Tyson Batchelor both had fantastic games in the backs, thwarting the Mayfield attack on many occasions.
The final goal was scored by stand in captain Josh Skinner after a handball in the hosts box earned Dungog a penalty kick.
The skipper coolly slotted the goal, and the 3-0 score line remained the same for the duration of the game.
Keegan Jones again had a solid game in goals and is improving in each match played.
It was a great performance by the Dungog team.
After the reserve grade victory, the Dungog boys went into the first grade game pumped up and looking at doing the double over Mayfield.
Many of the Dungog players had to back up from reserve grade due to a lack of player numbers on the day.
The game started well with Dungog producing some great attacking moves which eventually resulted in David Muddle teeing up Mark Copus with a perfectly timed cross.
Copus made no mistake in dispatching the cross into the back of the net, making it 1-0 to Dungog.
Rodney Muddle was playing well on the right side of midfield, combining well with right back Mitch Sharp to halt any attacks down our flank by the Mayfield boys.
The central midfield partnership of Paul French and Terry Campbell were putting in a great defensive shift despite playing an entire game previously.
Some good defending at the backs by Josh Skinner allowed the ball to fall kindly to Luke Murnain who played an inch perfect pass for Copus to run onto and slot past the Mayfield keeper.
After some dubious refereeing, Mayfield were awarded a penalty which took the half time scores to 2-1 in Dungog’s favour.
After the break, Dungog had to stem the flow of Mayfield’s attack as the hosts were throwing everything at the Dungog defence, with Teejay Hoch making a number of crucial saves in goals for Dungog.
Michael Bennett played well on the left side of defence, linking up well with Luke Murnain.
Eventually however, with pretty much the last kick of the game, Mayfield launched one more attack which culminated in a goal after a loose ball in the box landed at the field of a Mayfield player who couldn’t miss.
The match ended 2-2, a fantastic effort considering most players backed up from reserve grade.
Dungog play at home this weekend at 1:15 for reserve grade and 3pm for first grade, so come and get behind the boys.
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