Tudors finish with fierce burst

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Nanjing Night Net

TUDOR Wests hammered seven unanswered second half goals to blow South United away in their Tamworth men’s first grade opening round match-up on Sunday.

Tudor Wests’ Jock Evans makes a diving attempt to stop South United’s Gus Wolfgang. 030416BSC17

From 1-all at half-time, Tudors claimed the points 8-1 with captain-coach Sam Lobsey, Will Finch and Jock Evans all striking twice.

“We did pretty well,” Lobsey said.

“It was a nice result that I wasn’t really expecting.”

Being the first game of the season, he wasn’t expecting things to click as well as they did.

“We passed the ball around quite nicely and made our traps at critical times. “And finished well,” he said.

“Some of those basic elements of the game we did well.”

They also built up well, and in the second half particularly were able to keep the ball off Souths.

Playing his first game for them, Alex Withers was their player of the match.

“He played right half and showed really good composure in defence,” Lobsey said.

“He snuffed out anything on that side from Will (Turner) or Harper (Galvin).”

Another debutant Will Brissett also had a strong game in goals.

He made a couple of crucial saves.

One in the second half Lobsey thought was quite telling.

“We got a couple of quick goals and rolled on from there,” he said.

Evans also played pretty well, he said, while Finch relished his chance to play up front.

He’s usually at the back but was pushed up front, and after his two goals, might see a bit more time there.

Souths captain Chris Massey said their first half was good.

“We were really happy with the first half,”

“We controlled the ball really well coming out of defence into attack and created a few opportunities.”

They didn’t take them all but at 1-all at half-time they felt they were right in the match.

“A bit of lazy marking and soft goals allowed them to get a couple (of goals) up,” he said.

Once that happened their heads dropped.

They had a couple of younger players that were having their first full run in first grade.

Jamie O’Connor was one of those and acquitted himself well.

Goalscorer Galvin was also good up front, Massey said.

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