Tasman United winger James Hoyt scored a nice goal but Tasman's lack of finishing hurt them again in a 3-1 home defeat to Hawke's Bay United at Trafalgar Park on Sunday. Photo Jacob Page

Tasman Utd create but don’t capitalise in home opener


James Hoyt provided the lone highlight in a frustrating home debut for Tasman United in a 3-1 defeat to Hawke’s Bay United.

It leaves the debuting team with two wins and two draws after four games.

James’ strike from distance midway through the first half was another smartly taken goal, but the problem is, despite creating a mountain of goal-scoring chances, Tasman could not add to it.

“I was hoping to get off the mark at home; I saw the space and went for it.

“I usually come in off the left and then bang it with my right foot.

“When I scored the goal I couldn’t hear myself talk,” James says.

The 26-year-old, who was one of the last signings for Tasman, says there is frustration in the changing sheds.

“We are sitting there in the sheds and we feel like the goals are coming.

“We just need a bit of luck and then we’ll be banging in goals.

“We are coming off the field knowing that 3-1 was how it ended but not really how things went.”

Coach Richard Anderson cut a dejected figure post-match and was brutally honest in his assessment.

“I don’t think there is ever going to be, in the history of football, especially this premiership, such a one-sided 3-1 defeat.

“The position we find ourselves in is completely unsustainable – we will not create the amount of chances we have done and refuse to score and not pick up wins.

“We need to be more robust in defence… We need to be more organised quicker, so we are harder to break down.

“We have very talented individuals who play excellent football, but we need to work harder to make sure that when we lose possession we are stronger defensively and harder to score against.”

Richard praised Hawke’s Bay goal keeper Josh Hill for a number of important saves.

Tasman United goal keeper Coey Turipa left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury and he was in a sling post-match, but the severity of the injury would be known until later in the week.

Richard says he expected his team’s form to improve rapidly and they deserved more reward for their endeavour, which has not happened yet.

One positive for Tasman was the support they received, with 2583 at Trafalgar Park.

Tasman will play Hamilton Wanderers away this Sunday.