ISAAC Farmilo produced a departing – and match-winning – four goal effort as Services Workies turned the tables on Kiwi Diggers on Sunday.
Kiwis had won their last two encounters, but on the back of Farmilo’s four goals Workies got the points 5-1.
It was the striker’s last game for a couple of weeks, although Workies don’t actually play for the next two weeks.
He’s off to South Africa with the Australian All Schools 16s.
The win gave Workies their first points for the Northern Hockey Premier League and reflected a much-improved performance on the previous week against Souths.
At least effort-wise. They still lacked that finishing finesse.
They should have been up by a lot more at half-time, than they were, coach Andrew Farmilo said.
“We still haven’t quite got the structure of how we want to play in the attacking 25,” he said.
They addressed that at half-time and the structure was better in the second half, but they still didn’t convert as well as they would have liked.
The chances were there but their decision making in the circle just let them down at times.
There were several times they could have taken the heat off and made that deft pass, but pulled the trigger themselves instead.
In the last few minutes alone they would have made five or six entries into the circle but couldn’t make anything of them – either score or force a corner.
Up to there they controlled the ball well and were fairly effective at regaining possession if they did turn it over.
“If it did break down we got it back,” Farmilo said.
“The bottom three-quarters of the field we were good.
“We got the ball up to the strikers quickly and well.
“Just some poor options by our strikers.”
Jim Newman led the way with the improved effort.
“His work off the ball is what we’ve been lacking,” Farmilo said.
“He and Blake Turner worked hard off the ball to create opportunities.”
Jason Watt was also strong in goals.
“When he had to make saves in the first half he made some brilliant saves,” he said.
Kiwis were well in it at half-time and played well, Mitch Burrows said.
“We did a lot of things well and took our time and played good structure,” he said.
“The second half we tried to rush. We tried to get everything done quickly.”
They fell away from their game plan and gave Workies too much space.
That allowed Workies to dictate the play a bit.
Hamish McAdam was their lone goalscorer and was good, Burrows said, along with Craig Mackay and Nick Chaffey.
They were all stepping up from second grade.
o The other game between South United and Armidale City was deferred.