TUDOR Wests got more than just the points out of their Northern Hockey Premier League one-goal win over competition leaders Services Workies on Sunday.
The 3-2 win was a timely confidence boost with the two to meet in the major semi-final in a couple of weeks.
Tudors didn’t play that well but they got out of it what they wanted.
“Our plan today was to defensively put a lot of pressure across the field,” coach Sam Lobsey said.
“We know what they’re capable of.”
Sunday was also about working out how to beat them.
“Our goal was to be strong in the midfield and be defensively better,” Lobsey said.
“I thought we did that well.
“I think we found some weaknesses.”
It was the best they’ve done against them defensively, he said.
“We scrambled really well in defence to shut them out,” he said.
He has been talking about getting two players on the ball carrier and they closed down Workies’ options when they had the ball pretty well.
Lobsey scored all three of Tudors’ goals and put them 2-1 up with 20 to go with a well-taken corner.
He struck again a few minutes later to put them two ahead.
Ryan Martin closed the gap to the final one-goal margin with just over eight minutes remaining.
If there was one disappointment for Tudors, their attack didn’t function that well.
“The first half we lost ball in the midfield too many times,” Lobsey said.
“We couldn’t get it together in the attacking half.”
They got better in the second half, a big part of which was working harder, but generally didn’t have many shots on goal.
But what opportunities they had they took.
That was probably the difference in the end.
Brett Lobsey was their man of the match and good up front.
“He slowed it up, showed a lot of composure,” (Sam) Lobsey said.
He also gave special mentions to Mitch Salter and Andrew Finch.
Salter was backing up from winning the Fun Five while Finch was backing up from the All Schools Nationals in Hobart.
They finished on Saturday.
“He (Finch) really covered well and shut down a lot of plays,” he said.
Workies coach Simon Massey was still reasonably upbeat.
“Even though we lost I still thought we had possession and controlled the game, particularly in the first half,” he said.
Their inability to finish off their chances hurt them.
They had enough opportunities, and probably more than Tudors did.
“We still penetrated the circle more than them,” he said.
“They got five short corners, if you count those last two, and scored off three of them.
“I was really happy with the defensive pressure that our front three put on,” Massey said.
It was led by Martin with good support from the young guys like Brady Curry, Ehren Hazell and James Green.
“That created a lot of pressure and turned a lot of ball over from Tudors coming out of defence,” he said.