Panthers pounce on backline error
Football: Wests women's coach Jordane Saunders was full of praise for his side despite a narrow 1-0 defeat to Nanango in their President's Cup clash on Saturday.
The Panthers' goal midway through the second-half proved the only difference between the two sides, when a lapse in concentration in the Wests defence gifted their opponents what proved to be the decisive goal.
"It was an error in the backline with communication, up until then it was very even,” Saunders said.
"It's just the way it goes unfortunately, there's a lot of pressure when it comes to President's Cup.
"We did really well holding Nanango out for that long, it was the toughest game the women's competition has seen so far (this season).”
Saunders took over as coach at the start of the season, and has seen his side improve in leaps and bounds since then.
"Their fitness is better and they're constantly learning new things,” Saunders said.
"The way the team has bonded and come together on and off the pitch is great.”
Kiara Wright was again strong up front without reward for Wests, while Saunders ran out of superlatives to describe Tammy Rose's efforts in defence.
"Tammy was working overtime, she held that backline up really well and exceeded what we expected from her,” Saunders said.
The first-year coach admitted his side still had some work to do if they are to challenge Nanango for the title this season, but at their current rate of improvement that horizon may be closer than some think.
"We just have some minor things to work on, and then we can start putting some more goals on the board,” Saunders said.
"Our attacking play is coming along well, it's just those small things like touch and timing we need to work on.”