WAYWARD STRIKE: Chinchilla Bears’ Mark Johnson in action versus Willowburn on Sunday.
WAYWARD STRIKE: Chinchilla Bears’ Mark Johnson in action versus Willowburn on Sunday. Matthew Newton

Bears fail to fire at home

FOOTBALL: Looking to redeem themselves after a frustrating 2-2 draw last week, the Chinchilla Bears started slow against Willowburn at home on Sunday.

Under pressure from the Willowburn forwards, the Bears found themselves one goal down early in the first half. A corner ball in from the Willowburn attack and a flourish of attempts to clear the ball by Bears defenders, saw the ball take a deflection off one Willowburn player, hit the post and into the back of the net, giving Bears goal keeper Matt Hoffman little chance at all.

At the half time break Willoburn had the lead 1 – 0.

Midway through the second half the Bears made a good chance for themselves with the ball finding Mark Johnson with time to shoot from the top of the 18-yard box, but the ball sailed over the crossbar.

Late into the second half, Willowburn, who were struggling to push through a determined Bears back line, won a free kick just off the top of the 18-yard box.

The Bears quickly set themselves to block, but it was not enough to stop the great strike from the Willowburn midfielder, slotting the ball between the Bears players and placing the ball in the top left corner of the goal.

Desperate, the Bears failed to find a consolation goal in the dying minutes. This is only the second time this year the Bears have been defeated and the first time they had been unable to score. This Saturday, the Chinchilla Soccer Club will be hosting Highfields in both the ladies and mens games. Chinchilla Honeybears will kick off at 5pm and the Bears at 7pm. Come down and support the teams and help cheer on the ladies to a fourth straight win, the canteen will be open with hot food and beverages for all.


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