A GOOD START: Bathurst’s Tim Abbey brings the ball forward against Macarthur in yesterday’s 2-1 win at the Over 50s Men’s State Championships. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 052016pnet

Bathurst’s division one side made a great start to their Over 50s Men’s State Championships yesterday on Bob Roach Field with a 2-1 win over Macarthur.

A goal in each half from Brett Archer and Mark Hurst got the hosts home and Macarthur snared a late consolation goal to close the final margin.

Bathurst vice-captain Kevin Sherman said since his side have some new players coming up it was great to start off with an encouraging result.

“This is the first time for us all together. A few us have played together before but there’s a few new faces here. It was a good start that way because normally we start off slow so it’s great to get a win,” he said.

“Just passing the ball early in the first half was what did it, getting the ball away early and creating those chances up the front. We probably should have had a few more goals in there. We dropped off a bit there in the second half, with a bit of our fitness showing in us old fellas.

“They’re usually very strong, Macarthur. They had their chances to score a few more as well so it was good to hold them out.

“The boys are very keen to try and go through to the finals if we can. It’s just a matter of whether we can last the six games.”

It took just three minutes for Archer to find his goal when he got on the end of a perfectly weighted Darren Taylor long pass into the circle.

Macarthur had an opportunity to hit back straight away through the first penalty corner of the match but the shot went just right of the target.

Bathurst should have gone 2-0 up when they had a two-on-one situation with the Macarthur goalkeeper but Sean Sloane’s shot was blocked. Despite some late pressure from the visitors Bathurst held their one goal advantage into half-time.

That Macarthur momentum continued into the second half but Bathurst were able to extend their lead against the run on play. With 14 minutes to go Taylor was again at the start of a Bathurst move. His pass was deflected into the path of Hurst who smacked the ball home directly in front of goal.

Macarthur ensured they wouldn’t go scoreless before the match drew to a close with a goal by captain Louis Matthews.

Bathurst’s first match today will be against Illawarra at 9am before they play their last pool game against Sutherland at 3pm.

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