Macleay Valley Rangers captain Heidi Tamblyn maintains her side continues to make steps in the right direction throughout the Coastal League One Women’s competition in 2022.
It comes despite a 3-0 loss to Urunga last weekend in a game where Rangers’ mental lapses proved costly and the ladder-leaders didn’t need to be asked twice to make them pay.
Two of the three goals were directly as a result of lapses in concentration in defence, while another was a spot kick.
It’s in stark contrast to the last time the team’s met when Urunga ran rampant in a 6-0 win.
“I think we really made them work for it (this time) instead of giving away a bunch of goals,” Tamblyn said.
“In terms of the actual score, if we tidy up a couple of those easy mistakes we make where we switch off for a second, then we’re looking at a 1-0 game. That’s a result we’re definitely happy with going forward.”
Rangers still have things to work on, but their progression from early in the season is starting to show.
Tamblyn admitted some of the team were still working out their roles.
“We still have people who are stepping into their lane because we came into the season with a few new players and I think indidivually they’ve all shown a lot of improvement,” she said.
“[But] in terms of a team, we still have a little way to go in terms of staying composed under pressure when we do get ahead.”
And they have made it hard for themselves in previous weeks when their noses have been in front early in contests.
Tamblyn conceded they had “panicked” and it was something they were working hard on to rectify.
“Because we’re not used to it we panic a little bit because it’s taken a bit for us to get to that stage where we’re getting ahead early,” she said.
“There’s still a lot to improve on in terms of our composure, but we’re gradually making steps and eventually it will all come together.”