Team Taranaki hope break will change results

Angus Kilkolly will be a threat to Team Taranaki when they host Napier City Rovers
John Kirk-Anderson

Angus Kilkolly will be a threat to Team Taranaki when they host Napier City Rovers

A week off might prove the right tonic for Team Taranaki as they prepare to host Napier City Rovers on Sunday.

A run of three straight losses has seen Team Taranaki drop into the middle of the pack in the Central League, although they have a good run of teams below them to come.

Napier City Rovers are one of those after they have taken just five points from their opening seven matches.   

This weekend we are at home against Napier City Rovers – Sunday KO at 1pm Yarrow Stadium. To be back at the stadium is a boost in itself, it seems an age since we last played there and won 1-0 against Miramar Rangers.

"No one likes to lose games, so we have used the break to reflect on aspects of all of those games," Energyworks Team Taranaki coach Ian McGrath said.

"The disappointment from the defeats has been the margin of the losses and the fact that in two of them, we contributed to our own demise in different ways."

However, McGrath believed lessons had been learned and they were focused on consistency of team performances and the need at that level to cut out individual errors.

"We have been punished for both and we need to put that right before anything else. Winning games has come from the effectiveness of our collective team effort and our ability to take chances at crucial moments that have had a positive impact on the final result."

McGrath was hoping the team would be able to play with more freedom in possession and learn to control the outcome of game more effectively. He also hopes they defend better and start converting more chances they create.

Napier City Rovers have lost many of the players that led them to success over recent seasons.

However, striker Angus Kilkolly would be a constant threat up front while McGrath said they had pockets of experience in other positions to compliment some younger players and new imports from overseas.

"Two more wins will cement our position in the league going forward and this should serve as a hugely motivating factor for this team in the next few weeks.

"That is the next group target to be achieved this season and once we have got those points secured, we can push on from there and really enjoy the rest of the season."


 - Stuff

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