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C'down looking to make the most of set pieces

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
Camperdown High coach Christopher Bender

Traditionally high schools in the ISSA/FLOW Manning or daCosta Cup competitions place very little emphasis on the executing or defending set-pieces.

However, Camperdown's coach Christopher Bender, says although his team is not blessed with very tall players, they have worked extensively on making the most of set pieces.

In their first game against Cumberland on Monday, the team always looked dangerous from dead ball situations, with Jeovanni Laing and Roberto Salmon scoring from a corner and a free-kick, respectively, in between Shaquein Bradford's second and third goals in the team's 5-1 rout of their opponent.

"Yes, we have definitely been working on that," Bender admitted afterwards. "The team is basically small and we only have one tall player, and two others with fairly good height so we try to utilise the height of these player on set pieces," he explained.

Bender believes that there are times in the season when games are going to be very close and a that goals from set-piece can make all the big difference.

"Set pieces can make a difference when the games are tight and that's why it is one of the things we want to improve on. We have done a lot of work on it but there is still a lot more to be done. But the team is coming along well, based on the work we did in preseason," he added.

Meanwhile, the veteran coach believes the maturity and application his players showed to come from a goal down to win their opening match is a sign that they can challenge for the Manning Cup title this year.

"We want to take it (season) one game at a time. Today (Monday) we got five goals without playing at the level we usually play at and the team will mature and get better. We started the game a little slow and gave up a goal we shouldn't have. But what I was most impressed with is they (players) kept their composure and did not move away from the way we trained, and we got back three goals in 15-20 minutes, and that's a good sign. Most of these guys played last year but I was really impressed with the maturity and composure they showed," Bender added.