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Honeybears win at home

STERLING EFFORT: Alyssa Cox takes on one of the St Albans defenders during the Honeybears' home game on the weekend.
STERLING EFFORT: Alyssa Cox takes on one of the St Albans defenders during the Honeybears' home game on the weekend. Matthew Newton

FOOTBALL: The Chinchilla Honeybears' young blood have made an impressive debut during the side's drubbing of St Albans at home on the weekend.

The Honeybears were looking to continue their impressive start to the season and started the game brightly.

They piled the pressure on early creating plenty of early chances without really testing the St Albans Goalkeeper.

The Honeybears however did finally take the lead in the 36th minute after a great run from Junior Alyssa Cox.

Cox swung in a delightful cross for Sally Carroll to control and turn her defender to slot in a confident left foot finish. The Honeybears continued to press but some poor finishing prevented them from extending their lead. The sides went in at half time with the Honeybears holding a 1-0 lead.

The second half started with much the same with the Honeybears on the front foot creating chance after chance but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing was the only thing keeping St Albans in the game. The Honeybears midfield were starting run St Albans ragged and in the 69th minute the Honeybears did double their lead after some excellent build up play Jess Bolewski crossed a ball in for Elaina Riebe to head home.

With the St Albans defence running on empty the Honeybears made a switch moving a fresh Drue Hope into the Honeybears midfield which had an Immediate affect with Hope notching up 2 goals in quick succession to kill the game. The first was a clinical finish after receiving the ball on the right-hand side of midfield and glided past her defender with her shot flying in off the crossbar giving the St Albans goalkeeper no chance.

The Honeybears completed the scoring just before full time when Junior Imogene Forrest finished from close range after St Albans struggled to clear their lines. The ball dropped to the feet of Forrest who made no mistake finishing in the top corner.

The final whistle went with the Honeybears victorious 5-0

Honeybears coach Tim Taylor described the win as a "good performance”.

"The ladies dominated from start to finish and although the score was 5-0 I don't think it was a true reflection of how the game was played,” he said.

"We were guilty of missing a host of good opportunities and the margin could have been much larger.

"In saying that we again moved the ball well and dominated the midfield.

"There were a few standouts for me today Drue Hope again continuing her good form notching two goals, but not just that her overall play has been a shining light this season.

"Also, Alyssa Cox who we played out of position today but did a sensational job at fullback and played a key part in our first goal.

"Both Juniors Imogene Forrest & Alyssa Cox have been a revelation this season and have impressed everybody involved with the Club.”

The Honeybears next game is a top of the table clash against first place Rockville at the Chinchilla Recreation Grounds on Saturday, April 22, kick off at 5pm.

The Honeybears are hot on their heels only 3 points behind the league leaders in second place.

Taylor said the next home match was "a massive game” for the Honeybears.

"In my opinion we will both be fighting for top spot this season,” he said.

"Rockville are yet to concede a goal in their first four games but we are by far the highest goal scorers this season with 31 goals in four games now.

"We are considered the underdogs but I am confident we will more than give them a run for their money especially at home.”

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