A lacklustre period in the second half cost Weston Bears victory against Hamilton Olympic yesterday.
Bears coach Darren Elkin said the final score of 2-1 to Hamilton, which gave them the 2012 Premiership, was not a true reflection of the game.
“At half-time we were 0-0 and I think we had the better of that first half,” he said.
“There were two top-shelf saves from their keeper and our boys just looked better out there.
“In the second half we just weren’t with it,” he said.
Olympic went 1-0 up early in the second half and soon followed it up with a second goal from a header deflected from a corner.
Mid second-half Mick Ryan put the Bears on the score board setting up a nail-bighting finish.
“We were pushing them and they were pushing us,” Elkin said.
A red card to Robbie Turnbull didn’t stop the Bears pushing for the win until the final whistle.
Elkin was pleased with the performance, particularly from Chris Cousins, Jason Cowburn, Carl Thornton and Jamie Subat.
“I personally felt really comfortable at half time, I thought we could win it,” he said. “We just had that lapse after half-time and got punished for it and then it was too big a mountain to climb.”
Next week, the Bears travel to Charlestown for the final match of their season.