CSU 4th Grade Men have fought out a tough victory over the 4th Grade Mixed team, completing a clean sweep of derbies between the teams.
Both teams appeared switched on from the outset, but as the Mixed team began to bunch in the middle, the Men began to utilise the space out wide.
Wingers Peter Lulham and Connor Morey’s speed troubled the Mixed down the line, but their defensive line would stay strong.
A wayward shot from Lulham came into contact with the hand of Mixed midfielder Nathan Maher, handing the Men a perfect opportunity from the spot.
Chris Page stepped up to the mark and made no mistake, scoring his 5th goal in 3 derbies this year, and handing the Men a vital 1-0 lead.
The Mixed team looked to utilise the absence of Men’s first choice goalkeeper Declan Gilkes by sending a number of shots at stand-in keeper Nick Gammage, but he stepped up to the plate and held a clean sheet heading into halftime.
4th Grade Men would swap keepers for the second half, putting Chris Page between the posts.
The Mixed team faltered early on in the second half, miscommunication in the backline handing the Men a number of opportunities through Adam Murray and Angus Floyd.
The backline would eventually crack, as Tim Eviston was left unmarked in the box, slotting into the back of the net for his first goal of the season, and doubling the Men’s lead.
Mixed continued to press up front through Eden Stubbs and Naomi Keith, but simply lacked the final blow.
The fulltime siren confirmed a third derby victory for the 4th Grade Men, ending their losing streak as they begin to think about finals football.
Meanwhile it’s back to the drawing board for Mixed as they try to recapture the form that saw them defeat a 2nd placed Lithgow outfit last week.
CSU 4th Grade Men 2 (Chris Page, Tim Eviston) def. CSU 4th Grade Mixed 0