West Pymble are riding high this year, coming into the season as reigning League Champions, they had beaten North Sydney 3:0 and thumped Lindfield 6:2 at home last week.
Lane Cove had beaten Knox 4:1 but had then been edged out 3:2 to North Sydney last week. They were playing at home today and were looking the goods.
Both teams went hard at it right from the start, but it was West Pymble that made the breakthrough after fourteen minutes with a free kick floated in from the left to the head of Cameron Jones who made no mistake slotting just inside the right post.
Burgmann was not having an easy time at the other end with a couple of cracking shots from Lane Cove, but Burgmann’s reactions along with some solid defence meant that he was going to keep a clean sheet today.
A second goal to West Pymble by Matthew Laming showed the way the match was going to play out. Brought down the left wing and crossed to the feet of Laming, he put it away with ease.
Goal 3 was a solo effort to Laming. Bringing the ball around the last Lane Cove defender and across the goal, it was a simple tap-in to beat the increasingly frustrated goalie.
Half time and the score belied the effort put in by Lane Cove. West Pymble were clearly on top, but Lane Cove had made three or four good attempts on goal, only to be thwarted by Burgmann.
West Pymble’s flavour of football is difficult for most teams to handle. It looks unstructured with people flying everywhere, particularly through the midfield, but it gets results. And their well-practised ability to thwart and niggle their opposition builds a frustration that breaks their concentration.
Goal 4 was set up by Eti Amegor who had dominated the midfield. Setting up the diminutive Stuart Hendry who beat the offside trap, putting in a great pass to Laming who got his hat trick.
At the end of the day, the West Pymble machine rolled through Lane Cove. Next week they face Berowra at home. Maybe the youth and in-your-face football from Berowra can slow these boys down?