HANWOOD Football Club coach Anthony Agresta was at a loss to explain his side’s comprehensive 5-0 defeat by Cobram Victory at Cobram yesterday.
After beating Yoogali Soccer Club 6-2 last week, Agresta said his side was struggling to get consistency back into their game.
“It’s hard to put a finger on what it is,” Agresta said. “We put in a good performance one week and the next week we’re a bit ordinary.”
A string of injuries to some of the team’s better players made the task even harder with the squad struggling to fill out their attacking side.
“We didn’t have much of a striking force,” Agresta said.
“Jason Bertacco pulled out during the week with his hamstring, Joe Catanzariti was out with a burst eardrum and Kyle Greaves was also out – it makes it hard.”
Despite being understrength, Hanwood put up a good fight for the first half an hour of the game.
But after two easy goals by the home side the cracks began to show.
At the second half whistle, the men in blue and white were still determined to put up a challenge but a third soft goal broke what little spirit they had left.
“It just broke our backs and it’s hard to come back from that,” Agresta said.
The loss puts even more pressure on the team who were hoping for a finals berth and Agresta said something needed to be done if that hope was to be kept alive.
“We’ll try and change a few things around but we’ll just play week by week and see how it goes,” he said.
“The boys were disappointed with the game but we’ll see how they bounce back next week.
“We’ve got four games at home so hopefully that will help but the ball’s not in our court, we’re probably about four points away from the top five now.”
Agresta praised the efforts of young goalkeeper Jayden Woodbridge who made some spectacular saves and kept Hanwood in the game when they were still only down 2-0.