Injuries proving costly for Kings
CONSTANT changes to the team line-up are costing the Tweed Valley Kings dearly in their debut season in the Gold Coast Premier League soccer competition.
On Sunday afternoon, the Kings went down 4-1 to Palm Beach in Murwillumbah in a game which coach Craig Madden believed wasn't truly reflected by the score line.
“We started strongly and created plenty of chances, but as it has been so far this season, we just haven't been able to finish off,” Madden said.
“We have had to deal with a crippling injury toll so far this year, and with some suspensions added to that, our biggest difficulty is trying to get a settled side on the field week in, week out.
“With so many changes, almost weekly, it's hard to try and build some combinations, but the boys are still putting in and having a go.”
In the match against Palm Beach, the Kings lack of ability to finish off opportunities was countered by the visitors who managed two first-half goals to be up 2-0 at the break.
In the second half mid-fielder Kenta Shimizu was rewarded for a solid game with a good strike to bring the Kings back into the match.
“Our boys played well in patches but it is our inability to keep that up for the entire game which is hurting us at this stage,” Madden said.
Palm Beach scored a goal late to take the score out to 4-1.
For the Kings, Shimizu, mid-fielder Armi Ghooti and left fullback Jeremy Brown had strong games.
“Our reserve grade is also paying the price for the constant changes to our senior side with their line-up also being constantly chopped and changed,” Madden said.
The TVK reserves went down by a similar margin 4-1.