It’s been a hot and cold opening five rounds of the Coastal Premier League Men’s competition for Southern United.
But captain Beau Wynter has still enjoyed his first significant foray into the competition as part of the new franchise’s defensive setup.
There is one thing that he has noticed that is different to the old Premier League competition previously run by Football Mid North Coast before the CPL began.
“The opposition take their chances far more often than in the old league. This season we’ve only made five or six mistakes all season and it’s cost us goals,” he admitted.
“You get punished for your mistakes. You can hang in games for 90 minutes and then you make two mistakes and it leads to two goals. You’re not going to score three or four goals especially away … you can’t be making those lapses in defence that’s for sure.”
It was never more evident than in their 3-1 defeat to Coffs Coast Tigers last weekend when Wynter felt his side was comfortable for large portions of the game.
But the mistakes they made when they tired proved costly.
“We were up 1-0 and I felt like we dominated for 65 minutes, but obviously the game goes for 90 minutes and we thought the job was done but we lost 3-1,” he said.
Despite the Ospreys’ two wins, one draw and two loss record the captain remained confident they could make up those games with an encouraging run of home games.
Of their opening five rounds, Southern have been on the road for four of them.
“We finish nine of the 16 games at Forster-Tuncurry, so I feel like we’ll pick up those points we dropped in the early part of the season later on,” he said.
“It’s definitely been a mixed bag. I feel as a squad we’re still trying to find where we sit in the middle of the table with our squad depth.
“The away trips have really tested our squad depth and that’s where you get punished for your mistakes.”