BAYSWATER City have closed in on a National Premier Leagues WA top four berth with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sorrento at Frank Drago Reserve on Saturday.
A moment of individual brilliance by Sam Mitchinson midway through the first half was enough to earn three points for the hosts, who are now only one win behind fourth-placed Sorrento with a game in hand.
Bayswater coach Chris Coyne was delighted with the overall performance and praised the quality shown by Mitchinson.
“I thought the first 25 minutes was probably as good as we have been in years,” he said.
“That is the intent I am looking for. If they show that intent and endeavour every week we are going to be up there by the end of the year, because we’ve got the ability to do it.
“Sammy is the best left back in the league… his desire, energy, and endeavour are second to none.
“I said to him at half time, I didn’t realise he had that in his locker because usually he shanks them out of play.”
Mitchinson nearly opened the scoring in the second minute when he cut in from the left and fired a low shot that was saved well by James Morgan.
At the other end, Scott Witschge stung the gloves of Devon Spence in the seventh minute after being released down the right.
It was a well-constructed piece of counterattacking football from the hosts to opened the scoring, starting from left back where Mitchinson intercepted a pass from Sam Byles.
The former Melbourne City defender surged forward at pace and combined well with David Heagney, whose well-weighted return ball allowed Mitchinson to drive into the box and finish coolly past Morgan.
Sorrento had several chances to equalise, but found themselves trailing at the break.
The second half was the Bor Bor Sam show, with the Bayswater winger leaving a flock of defenders in his wake and creating multiple chances on goal but could not capitalise.
Both sides squandered opportunities in the second half as the score remained 1-0.
Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell said his side did not deserve to lose the match after having chances in the first half.
“We’ve got a bit of a limited squad at the moment, but we will just keep working hard at training,” he said.
“We’ll move on, we always do as a club and we’ll just go again next week in our game against Perth Glory.”