On a glorious sunny day under the back drop of the impressive Remarkables the Caversham Train chalked up another victory taking their tally to 23 points. In what could have proven a difficult tie to any team underestimating a struggling Queenstown team it was a case of getting the job done and nothing more.
The Reds started out with lots of energy which, though plenty of movement, created a lot of passing opportunities in the Queenstown 3rd. Having the Rovers defensive line pushed back well within their own 18 yard box it made for some rather anxious defending. This finally told on 18 minutes when a jinking run by Craig Ferguson saw a rash challenge tip him up on the horizontal. Seamus duly converted the penalty and the Train was on its way.
Neat interchanges coupled with decisive passing were beginning to break the Rovers team down with ease. This was no more evident when Lewis Jackson turned; beat a couple of sprawling defenders before laying off to an unmarked Tore to slide home.
Another 5 minutes later and the Red machine was 3 goals to the good as Sam Collier cut inside on to his favoured left and crashed home a powerful drive into the back of the net.
With the sun well and truly set behind the Mountains the 2nd half brought with it plummeting temperatures and equally low levels of performance. Movement slowed, passing was replaced by needless running with the ball; and a general lack of structure. Queenstown sensing this increased their work rate and showed they were capable of creating goal scoring opportunities. Thankfully we saw the threat off in a rather authoritarian manner lacking in any real style or grace.
Another clean sheet was pleasing and another win banked for a rainy day.
The Reserves game had barely stated when Charles Owen was already on the end of an Elliot Martin cross giving the 2nd carriage a lead against Grants Braes.
From early doors this tie was only going one way with the boys in a ruthless mood and looking to make up for a couple of rather dull performances. Tim Cook starting in his first match for the season produced a master class in clinical scoring stuffing away 4 goals from his mid-field position.
Elliot Martin was in the mood for running and managed to get down the line whipping in a plethora of dangerous balls assisting 6 goals. The biggest beneficiary of Elliot's industry was Charles who completed his hat-trick within7 seconds of the 2nd half, timing his run perfectly to head in. Others to get on the score sheet in the 2nd period were Hal Fish, with a great strike into the top corner, and Aaron Blaker.
It was pleasing to see the likes of Kelland Chen and Conor McFarlane getting their first minutes in 1st grade and they did their chances of more minutes no harm with impressive performances.
9 goals to the good, a clean sheet, saw relentless showing. The boy’s have been threatening a performance such as this for a few weeks now and it was just unfortunate for Grants Braes that they found themselves on the end of it.