Wakehurst boss seeks more goals from team

Dale Kirkwood claims possession of a loose ball during Wakehurst's Championship Two game against Newington on Saturday. Picture: Damian McKee.

Dale Kirkwood claims possession of a loose ball during Wakehurst's Championship Two game against Newington on Saturday. Picture: Damian McKee.

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Wakehurst manager Ian Gregg wants to see his players score more goals from throughout the team to ease the burden on star striker Conor Gregg.

The Ballymena men drew a blank for the second successive Belfast Telegraph Championship Two game as they went down 2-0 to Newington YC on Saturday.

“I think we showed enough to suggest that the 8-0 defeat to Glebe in our last outing was something of a freak result,” Gregg told Times Sport.

“But we need to find goals from throughout our team rather than relying on the attacking players every week - we need to have people chipping in with goals from different sources.

“We don’t want to slip into the same sort of losing mentality as we experienced in the second half of last season because, even allowing for the last couple of defeats, we’ve had a fairly solid start to the season.

“Against Newington we were undone by our first half performance. We didn’t compete enough and we gave the ball away in bad areas, particularly in our own half.

“We conceded what we thought was a soft penalty and then they scored again soon after. We had a couple of chances and Conor Gregg volleyed over when he had a choice of heading it or volleying it and Jordan Lemon shot over with their keeper off his line.

“We looked a different side in the second half when we were camped in their half and dominated possession but we couldn’t score.

“But there were plenty of positives even in defeat. Niall Swan was excellent at centre-back and it was good to see Corey Price at left-back.

”We lost Ryan Gregg to a hamstring injury so we’ll have to see how that turns out,” added Gregg, whose side face Lurgan Celtic this Saturday.

Wakehurst: Tolan, R Young, Swan, Muir, Price, Kirkwood, Mellon, Crawford, R Gregg, G Young, C Gregg. Subs: Stevenson, Colville, Millar, Lemon, Laughlin.