Promising start for young South United over ‘rusty’ Tudor Wests

TUDOR Wests overturned a two-goal half-time deficit to start its Tamworth men’s competition campaign with a win on Sunday.

Tudors slotted four goals in the second half to take the points 4-3 against South United.

“It was good to get a win in the end,” Tudors coach Sam Lobsey said.

He said they didn’t really seem ready in the first half.

“We definitely weren’t switched on,” Lobsey said.

“We had plenty of attacking opportunities but we couldn’t finish.”

The result was Souths being on top 2-nil.

Despite that, Lobsey said they went into half-time confident they could come back.

They spoke about working on marking stronger and not getting frustrated by the chances not falling.

“We were pretty happy with the way our game was going,” Lobsey said.

“Basic skills at the start of the season are always a bit rusty.”

The second half they finally got a couple of shots on goal, and a couple in the back of the net.

That was the difference in the second half – making more of their opportunities.

Lobsey said they didn’t really change anything around in terms of positions or their game plan.

He was pretty happy with the way the structure was.

Tudors did get to a 3-2 lead at one point in the second half. 

Souths then equalised with about five or six minutes to go but Tudors were able to muster a fourth and get the win.

Jake Sheppeard was good in defence for them, Lobsey said. 

Sam Holt also “did some good finishing”. He picked up couple of goals with Lobsey and Mitch Sheppeard adding the extras.

Lobsey said Sheppeard and Jock Evans also had pretty good games.

Souths coach Chris Massey said it wasn’t a bad start. 

“We only had 10 players and had a couple of people backing up,” Massey said.

They are also a pretty young side this year. Their oldest player is 24.

“(The first half) Defensively we were pretty strong in our set-up and a few attacking moves paid off for us,” he said.

The young guys up front, especially, did a good job, and got them to a somewhat unexpected lead against last year’s runners up.

“We were very happy, we weren’t expecting that at all,” Massey said.

The second half they “just ran out of legs” a bit, but he wasn’t too perturbed.

“It looks promising for later in the season,” he said.

He thought Jeremy Blakely was a standout for them. It’s just his second year of first grade and he played well in the backs.

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