Slender lead is key to Rockingham City’s hopes: soccer

ROCKINGHAM City’s push for a place in the State League Division One is still on following a 2-1 win over Morley-Windmills in the first leg of their promotion/relegation play-off on Tuesday night.

City travel to Morley’s Wotton Reserve tonight looking to protect their slender lead and take the Windmills’ place in Division One, after missing out on the Division Two championship and automatic promotion last weekend.

Needing victory against Forrestfield United, who held a one-point lead going into the game, to claim the championship, 10-man City fell to a 1-0 defeat by a Jordan Hart goal after just nine minutes.

City lost keeper Cyril Sharrock just nine minutes into the second half when he came out to clear a ball, but brought down a Forrestfield striker.

Young striker Shane Boyle was the unlucky player to make way for replacement keeper Kieran Shail.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, City pushed on and were unlucky not to have an equaliser when Ryan Kennedy went close with a free kick with 10 minutes to go.

Forrestfield held on to secure automatic promotion to Division One and put City through to the play off with Morley, who finished second from bottom in Division One.

On Tuesday night, City fought back from a goal down to secure the slenderest of leads to take into the second leg.

At the club’s awards night over the weekend, midfielder Alex Grayson was named City’s first team best and fairest player and the club’s person of the year.