Tough start for West Point

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Tara Murray

West Point will reassess its FV state league 4 west goals in the mid season break after a tough first half of the season.

Playing in state league 4 for the first time, West Point sits in ninth spot with three wins, two draws and six losses.

Coach Tom Petrevksi said it certainly hadn’t been the season they were after so far.

“I’ve been disappointed with the first half of the season,” he said. “We’ve got three wins and two draws which isn’t to the level we wanted.

“We’ve only been completely out of one of two games, it would be nice to be on the other side of some of those results.

“We haven’t quite hit the heights that we have wanted to.”

On Saturday, West Point faced the Truganina Hornets.

The match finished in a 2-2 draw after the Hornets led twice in the match.

“It was the story of our first half of the season,”Petrevksi said. “We were missing nine senior players which is massive when you only take 17 in.

“We gave a good account, but we couldn’t get a lead and hold a lead. We got an equaliser and then they went up again and we equalled again.

“We missed a lot of chances. We had a lot of players out and that is football, we still came away with one point, it’s not all doom and gloom.”

Petrevksi said one of the pleasing things out of all the absences was seeing the depth in the club.

He said they played four reserves players on the bench on Saturday who all played a role when they came on.

“We’ve got a few young kids coming through the reserves,” he said. “The depth is fantastic and it does make it easier when some of the quality isn’t there.”

Petrevksi said they would likely get some of those players missing back in the next few weeks while they would look whether they needed to add anyone to replace those who are out with long term injuries.

He said they were hoping things would change in the second half of the season.

West Point currently sits in ninth position, with the Hornets a spot further back.

“I would expect for us to be stronger in the second half of the season,” Petrevksi said. “Hopefully we have some luck on our side in terms of what we can achieve.

“We’ll reset and re-evaluate what success looks like and get the boys into the frame of mind of what that success looks like.

“I want to be pushing into the top half of the competition.”

Meanwhile in state league 2 north-west, Hoppers Crossing is still without a win after losing to Geelong Rangers, 4-0 on Friday night.

The win moves the Rangers four points clear of the Reds at the bottom of the table.

In state league 3 north-west, Point Cook lost to Altona North, 4-2, while in state league 5 west, Wyndham lost to Deakin University, 4-0.