A new look lineup as two new additions to the CCFC family came in to their first match against Whitehorse United SC on the return leg at Kevin Bartlett Reserve. Despite the unbeaten streak at steak, it paid off.
Our latest addition to defense, Alex Griffiths made himself the second newcomer in June to score on his debut, and we were glad for it as the Reserves took a first half lead of 1-0. The visitors would pull one back before half time with Coach Ross looking to inspire the team to three points in the final 45.
His speech worked as the Citizens came out firing, putting the visitors on the back foot before Chris Duncan, the other new addition to CCFC found the back of the net, giving us a 2-1 lead, which would be the final score, securing a much deserved three points for the Reserve side and ensuring another week of the unbeaten run.
The Senior side looked to avenge the loss last week at the hands of Kings Domain FC as we set our feet back on to our home grounds. With the return of several key players from suspension and travel, confidence was high as the whistle sounded.
Mike Maddocks, freshly returned from his Canadian homeland started up where he had left off, bagging his first of the match. Ryan Nolan pushed the defense to the byline before sending a cross to the waiting Maddocks who laced it into the goal. Target man Lee Hayward tracked down a long ball fired to him from Craig Tweedy before dispossessing his defender and lobbed the keeper from about 25 yards out, sending some much needed enthusiasm into the stands. Just like with the Reserves, Whitehorse would pull one back before half time, but we walked into the change room with the lead.
The second half got off to the best of starts for us. Hayward was held in the box and the referee made the correct call for a penalty. Maddocks stepped up to slot home his second, leaving the visitors reeling. Jake Buckley showed Whitehorse his speed on the wings and scored a one on one after getting in behind their left back and shot across the goalkeeper into the far bottom corner. Maddocks would step up for his third goal, scoring another penalty after Michael Swinnerton was brought down in the box, completing his hattrick. Buckley would seal the deal as he went to score a near carbon copy of his first goal. The Seniors now are back to 2nd on the ladder while just bellow, Old Camberwell are a point back, but with a game in hand.
Sunday saw our 3rds team taking on St. Kilda SC for our one fixture against the side. Things did not get off to the best of starts. Blame it on wanting to watch the EURO Cup. We found ourselves down 1-0 earlier than we would have liked. Evans picked his head up and set himself for the cross only the be felled by ... well, we aren't sure, no one was near him. The hosts found another goal before Lee Hayward added to his 9 goal tally in the 3rds with our first for the afternoon, scoring a well placed drive from outside the box. Unfortunately that joy would be short lived as the second half started with the home side going up 4-1.
We would keep fighting and the second half saw Jesse Cartright score a screamer from distance, giving us the boost we needed. Reserves coach Ross Evans put in his first stint with the 3rds, enjoying a 75 minute run out that was capped by receiving a great pass from Senior coach Richard Bates along the sideline. Bates would prove his motto of "Assists matter" by setting up Craig Fuller who scored from his accurately placed corner in what would be the last touch of the game.