It wasn’t a super Sunday for CSUFC’s First Grade Men’s sides as both sides failed to secure maximum points as each finished their respective matches with 10 men.
A depleted First Grade White side took on Panorama FC Black at 1pm at Proctor Park, with the hope of extending their winning streak to seven matches. The side were without Mariners duo Andrew Smith and skipper John Henry, while injuries and illness kept wingers Ben Green and Jaydon Hannaford from taking to the park respectively.
With just a one man bench, it was to be a grind all day for the reigning premiers, who were tested from the get-go by a feisty Panorama outfit. The game headed into the break with no change in the scoreline.
However shortly thereafter, the Stags’ predicament was made all that more dire when midfielder Doug Connor received his marching orders for dissent.
Despite being reduced to 10 men for much of the second stanza, the White boys rallied and managed to escape with a point – putting an end to their impressive winning streak and providing them with a timely reality check.
Elsewhere at Proctor, First Grade Red took on Abercrombie in a bid to halt a demoralising five-game losing streak. A near full strength outfit took to the park in a new look 4-3-1-2 formation as they looked to take the game to their opponents early.
It was a tight contest as Red looked to stretch the park through wide outlets Aymon Bertah and Jake Rosengarten. Aaron Reilly marshalled the defence as usual but midway through the opening half, the deadlock was broken by a right foot rocket from former-Stag Josh Brown.
It was only to get worse for the Students from there as Abercrombie ran riot in the second half. A second yellow card to left back Josh Decent didn’t help the Stag’s cause as they struggled at the back. Three more goals piled on the misery as Rhys Manners’ side racked up their fifth straight loss on the trot.
A disappointing week for our twin First Grade sides who will hope to bounce back next week as White venture to Cowra while Red will take on their Panorama FC namesakes at Proctor Park.