Shepparton United has once again proven too big a hurdle for Tatura to overcome in Regional Premier League.DAMEN FRANCIS June 10, 2014 3:15am
Tatura closed the gap on the scoreboard, but was unable to make the leap to second spot on the league table against Shepparton United on Sunday.
A Carl Lamb brace and a maiden Regional Premier League goal to Clinton Hoxhallari handed United a 3-0 win at Howley Oval.
It was an improvement on the 6-0 defeat Tatura suffered at the hands of the same opponent at the same venue five weeks ago, but Ibises coach Tom Black was still disappointed.
‘‘It was a bit of sloppy defending for two goals and we weren’t playing too badly, but we were two goals down at half-time,’’ Black said.
‘‘They took their chances in the first half and we had a couple of our own and if we took them it would have been a different story.
‘‘We just lacked a bit of aggression. The last three games we’ve been sharp, but we didn’t look like it (on Sunday).’’
The defeat ended a streak of three games unbeaten for the home side.
The Ibises are fourth on the table, while the Blues shored up second spot, five points behind leader Shepparton South.
Lamb has found the net in all seven matches this season, for a total of 12 goals.
Blues signing Immanuel Soetan was not cleared in time to play, but Goulburn Valley Suns under-20 star Abdullah Wahidi made his first appearance for the club, having played for Shepparton last season.
Derek Woodworth got the nod in goal for Tatura, ahead of Daniel Scaffidi.
Black said there was plenty to take out of the performance.
‘‘We’ve still got tons to work on and it was disappointing, but we weren’t that far off,’’ he said.
‘‘Nick’s (Kalafatis) a good coach, he knows what he’s doing and they got their tactics right.
‘‘They weren’t as direct as last time, we just didn’t get our spacing right, the gaps between defence and midfield and midfield and the forwards was too big and that’s something we’ve been working on.’’
Tatura has a bye this weekend, while United takes on Shepparton South at McEwen Reserve.
Police are asking for information about an assault in Shepparton that left a man with serious facial injuries and broken bones last month.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Campaspe Shire councillors boycotted this week’s meeting because of concerns of abuse and bullying.
St Joseph’s Primary School students took part in an extended after-school stay.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
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Nominations are being sought for the annual Axedale CWA community youth award.
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