Rhoose need to tighten up defensively
10:01am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
LLANTWIT MAJOR 2
THIS was the archetypal ‘game of two halves’ as Rhoose's Welsh Soccer League side recovered from a two-goal half-time deficit to overcome their local rivals in a pulsating Third Division clash at Jenner Park.
With Rhoose displaying periods of defensive naivety, Llantwit took the initiative with two first-half goals, but the home side came out for the second half with all guns blazing, and goals from Richard Yarr and a brace from James Dixon secured the points.
Dixon's second goal was a worthy winner and followed a low, pinpoint shot from outside the penalty area.
NEWPORT CIVIL SERVICE 3
DESPITE taking an early two-goal lead in Saturday's clash at Jenner Park, more defensive mishaps cost Rhoose dearly.
Rhoose were two up in quick time following brilliantly taken goals from new acquisition Jacob Daley - the second from a rasping 25-yard shot which left the Newport ‘keeper grasping thin air.
However, it was a case of déjà vu in the second half as three defensive errors cost the Rhoose dear and a chance to move into the top half of the league table. This was after the home side, seemingly cruising, had moved into a 3-1 lead with 20 minutes to go following their third goal from Joe Hinds.
Rhoose will have to learn and learn very quickly that, if they have ambitions to move up the league and challenge for promotion this season, then greater discipline will be needed.
As they have already found to their cost, you really get punished for defensive lapses at this level.
Rhoose travel to Aberdare Town this Saturday in the Nathaniel Car Sales League Cup, and host Merthyr Saints on September 14 in the Welsh Cup at Jenner Park. They return to league action on September 21 when they 'host' Barry Town United at Jenner Park in another Vale ‘derby.'