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Wgtn Utd 2, Olympic 1 It was always going to be a difficult encounter facing the challenge of Wellington United, after the disappointing result last week against a strong and clinical Lower Hutt side. The team trained well this week, and with the addition of Scott James to the stating line-up the team looked in good shape. We had a good start to the game with the team closing down Wellington's space and putting pressure on their back three. We started a good passing movement from back by Jerry Packham and Barry Lewis, the move continued down field with the final pass being played by Benn Dawson into the feet of Karl Whalen who finished well. From this point, the game seemed to take on a different shape where we tended to stand off the ball and not attack Wellington nor did we want to contest for the ball in the box. As a result the urgency went out of the game. There were patches were we fought hard but did not match the commitment and assertive play of Wellington United. A frustrating time for both spectators and coaches. During this period Craig Candy scored with a fine shot, due in part to the lack of marking around him, allowing time for him to place his shot. Early in the second half Wellington doubled its lead, due to in most part to us loosing concentration and allowing them a "free run" at goal, Jamie produced a fine save but it fell to Domic Rowe to finish. From this point on we starting to get back into the game with a number of efforts being denied by superb goalkeeping and "anxious" finishing. To our credit we continued to play possession football, a change with twenty minutes to go putting on another forward and going to three at the back left us a little exposed but it increased our attacking options. However with 10 minutes to go Scott James was sent off on his debut, but we continued to pressure the Wellington goal, but were unable to score. Disappointing day, both teams did not perform in the first half, at least in the second half we picked our game up and increased our opportunities, but it was not too be. We must now focus on Marist (Chatham Cup) and Waterside (start of the second round of Champs Premier League) and look to putting the season back on track. We have the players and we just need to be consistent for the ninety minutes.

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