THE Singleton Storm, the ladies of the Singleton Soccer Club have had a full range of emotions over a four day period, winning a washed out game at Merewether last Thursday night and then going down to lowly New Lambton at home on Sunday.
At the third time of asking the girls took on the second Merewether team in their division on a still wet Myamblah Cresent pitch. The home team were running third behind their unbeaten club mates and early in the game looked like giving the local girls more trouble than their number one team had a few days before. However Lily Fawkner marauding down the left beat the Merewether keeper to give the Storm a lead. Shortly after this a foul in the box saw Emma Wandell score from the spot. To round out the half a long distance effort, again from Fawkner again found the back of the net and a three-nil lead.
Without a regular keeper Haley Frazer and in the second half Olivia Pfeiffer took on those duties with nerves but both acquitted themselves admirably. While the Storm again had the better of play in the second half they were not able to add to the score but blotted out all Merewether’s efforts with ease. Fawkner was the choice from both sides of the fence for the best Storm player but it was very much a team effort.
Hopes were high on Sunday but as had happened at New Lambton earlier in the season the ladies in blue seemed to mesmerise the Storm who lacked the drive and vision that they had displayed during the week. The game flowed from end to end in the first half though neither keeper was really tested. Having said that the visiting keeper had to be replaced after a clash with Storm speedster Hayley Russell. There was no score at half time and play continued to ebb and flow, but without the skill from either side that had been shown on Thursday. Then in the last minute of the game the visitors broke the deadlock and won a game that would have been better reflected in a goal-less draw. Russell and skipper Katheryn Martin were chosen as the best players but while most were below their best they gave all they had an in such a tight competition are still in the race for a semi-final spot. This week end they have an early morning appointment at Speers Point against Lake Macquarie.