I don't know what to write really. It was a really even game with very few chances for either team. We scored first from an unlikely source. Ben Hutchinson hit a rocket from about 35 metres that took the Bradley Ryan in goal by surprise. Ryan could only get fingertips to it before it crossed the line. Burnie Struck back through Paul Bremner after he pounced on a loose ball after a free kick. Half time score 1-1.
The second half was much the same really. There were only one or two decent chances for both teams. It took a special goal to break the deadlock. Mitchell Stitz pick the ball up on the half way line, skun his defender Brian Tabrett, and, from 30m out, powered the ball into the top corner.
Burnie's defensive efforts won them the game. Sam Cocks started himself at sweeper and didn't allow our strikers in behind the defence. He was probably best on ground. Ash Smith sacrificed his game to stop Michael Grey having any impact on the game. Cocks will be more than pleased with Burnie's newer inclusions, Andrew Gibson, Malcolm Walters, Josh Daley and Connor Parke, whom all played solid roles for their team.
Ben Hutchinson was our best player today but no one else really stood out. There were some disappointing performances from a few of our players today. There will be at least 2 changes to our side next week and probably a couple of positional changes also. Some players are either not getting the message from training or are not fit enough to put the message into action, so things have to change.
Burnie certainly turned around their discipline issues. Things weren't really going either teams way with the refereeing decisions. There were a few incidents where, in the past, they could have been blown up and became out of control. To Burnie's credit, they accepted these decisions and brushed them off and in the end they got the result they were after. To our credit, we managed to do the same minus the result.
3 - Sam Cocks
2 - Ben Hutchinson
1 - AshSmith