Singleton Strikers FC unlucky to draw 3-all with Cooks Hill in NEW FM Northern League One competition

Joel Barner
Joel Barner

THE Singleton Strikers FC, again, had a mixed weekend but with only one game played at home.

That fixture saw the Storm, Singleton's women's side, demolish the Mayfield Juniors on Friday night.

The over-35s took all three points at Toronto, also on the same evening.

The club's NEW FM Northern League One outfits travelled to Fearnley Dawes Athletics Field, Newcastle, to take on Cooks Hill, who has been one of the squads to beat over the past few years.

Even on Saturday, the ground was soft with the firsts sharing the points, as did the under-18s, while the reserves suffered a 3-1 defeat.

The iconic Jackson Cox was playing his 150th game in the top grade and it was his shot, fumbled by the keeper, which allowed Joel Barner to give the Strikers a 2-1 advantage.

Before that, the hosts gained the ascendancy from a set piece and then Singleton's Hayden Nichol restored parity from the spot.

Just before the break, the home side again drew level at 2-all.

In the second half, Joe Civello restored the Strikers' lead at 3-2.

But, this was again cancelled out when the hosts equalised.

Late in the game, the visitors had a goal controversially ruled out to leave the score, Cooks Hill 3, Singleton 3.

The bigger, taller home team played to its strength, in the air, while the Strikers dominated on the ground.

Singleton was a little disappointed not to get all three competition points but maybe a draw was just about the right result.

The reserves, thanks to a Bowen Bagnall goal, looked like grabbing a point with the score at 1-all.

However, their hosts scored twice in the last 10 minutes.

The under-18s, courtesy of Cameron Neal's strike, brought home a point, their fourth draw of the season.

The junior sides surprisingly played on Sunday despite the conditions.

The two younger teams were again comprehensively beaten, which must be raising concerns regarding the format of the whole competition from a Strikers' view point.

The under-15s' showdown was called off.

As mentioned earlier, both games played on Friday night ended with three points for the locals.

The "tospy-turvy" women's competition saw the Storm win by double figures, 12-0.

And, six members of the squad found the score sheet.

Both goals in the over-35s' 2-0 win were scored by Gary Thorley, playing in his more favoured place up front.

This weekend, the grade sides are again on the road, at Ulinga Oval, South Cardiff.

The younger teams will play on Saturday, August 1, with the seniors in action on Sunday, August 2.

The over-35s take the short trip to Rutherford, while the Storm has a bye.