Adamstown out to shake bad reputation after poor start to NPL season

ADAMSTOWN coach Peter McGuinness believes the club’spoor record withdiscipline in 2016 has hurt them this year and they need to turn it around, starting against Hamilton Olympic on Tuesday night.
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RETURN: Adamstown’s Robbie Turnbull is back from suspension. Picture: Marina Neil

Rosebud take on Hamilton at Adamstown Oval in a round two NNSW National Premier League catch-up game from 7pm, three days after copping a 6-0 belting at the hands of Edgeworth at Jack McLaughlan Oval.

At 0-0 in that match, Rosebud right-back Daniel Yaxley was given a straight red card in the 20th minute for pulling the shirt of a runaway Adam Cawley in the penalty area.In round one, captain Robbie Turnbull was given yellow cards for fouls in the 62ndand 75thminutes of a 4-4 draw with the Jets Youth.

McGuinness, a premiership-winning coach at Broadmeadow and Lake Macquarie, took over at Adamstown after theirhorror 2016, in which they finished second-last and regularly played with 10 men. He has made discipline a high priority at Rosebud but believes they are still paying the price for last year’s sins.

“Unfortunately, I’ve inherited a club who have a terrible reputation in regards to discipline and it’s continued over,” McGuinness said. “I’m not saying anything should not have been a send off, but everyone expects,if you are playing Adamstown, niggle them or say whatever, and there will be a send off today.”

Hamilton, who started the year with a 3-2 loss to Lambton Jaffas,had the bye on the weekend.

Olympic coach Michael Bolch said Kyle Hodges, Rhys Cooper and Andrew Swan remained sidelined with injury, while Grant Brown and Matt Swan were unavailable.

McGuinness said it was a case of “getting back on the horse and playing again” against Olympic, and repeating their opening efforts against the Eagles.

“We started the game fantastically, we had a lot of the ball the first 20 minutes,” he said.

“But effectively that’s three out of the last four games that we’ve played with 10, and it doesn’t matter who you are, you can’t do that.”

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