MELVILLE City Hockey Club suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Curtin University at Duracraft Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
With both teams failing to make an impact on the top five so far this season the game presented an opportunity for both to kick-start their seasons.
Melville started much the better and created several scoring opportunities in the first half, only to be repelled by a combination of Australian goalkeeper Andrew Charters and some amazing saves on the line by the Curtin defenders.
As so often happens in all sports, when one side fails to capitalise on their opportunities it costs them dearly, and so it was here when Curtin converted their only opportunity of the second half into a goal.
Melville coach Russell Lee cut a very disappointed figure after the match.
“Not too much you can say really, other than to congratulate Curtin on taking their chance when it came,” he said.
“We played some good hockey but it counts for very little if you don’t take your opportunities.
“This one hurts a lot as we were starting to build some momentum but we need to review and reload for next week in what now becomes a vital away game against Guildford.”