COLAC Otway Rovers coach David Latham knows his young team will become a force in years to come if it stays intact.
The Rovers sit 10th after eight rounds in their first season of the Geelong Region’s Division Three soccer competition – their latest loss coming at the hands of Barwon Red.
But Latham said the team continued to show signs of improvement despite the result.
That sign came in Sunday’s 1-3 loss in the form of teenager Peter Reidy’s first goal for the club.
Colac Otway trailed by two goals 15 minutes into the second half when returned striker Denis Yardin got on the end of an impressive passage of play that stemmed out of the Rovers’ defensive half.
Yardin crossed to Reidy, who was playing his first game back after a month on the sidelines, and delivered the ball into the back of the net at Grovedale Reserve.
“The keeper came out to shut him down but to Peter’s credit he kept a level head and calmly slotted it past him,” Latham said.
The goal brought hope back to the trailing side, but Red quashed any hope of a breakthrough win when it slammed on the third and final goal of the match.
Latham preferred to look at Reidy’s goal as another positive for the fledgling club.
“Every week there are different positives to draw from the games – like our guys were a lot more structurally disciplined this week,” he said.
“Looking ahead, once we get through this first season we’ll have that under our belts and the team, particularly the young players, will have that experience to draw on.”