Ben Urquhart in action for the Maitland Rams during yesterday’s 5-2 loss to Norths at home. Lapses in judgment and not meeting the pace set by their opposition cost the Maitland Rams dearly as they went down 5-2 to Norths in Sunday’s encounter at Maitland Hockey Centre.
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Captain Peter Urquhart said the team only had themselves to blame for the loss and wouldn’t be looking to make excuses.

“We were taking too much time to tap the ball and make the pass,” he said.

“We were a yard behind them for half the match.”

Maitland opened the match on a positive note, earning the first short corner, but Norths turned the play straight around and shocked the home side with two quick goals.

The 2-0 deficit made the Rams step up and hold Norths out, but the visitors’ tactic of putting three players on the ball carrier kept Maitland out of the goal box as well.

“But the way they were doing that should have meant there were at least two of our guys free, but they were just standing there and not running into the gaps,” Urquhart said.

Norths scored another three times in the second half before Maitland’s Matthew Brown found the net after drawing

the Norths keeper out of the goal and making a back stick strike.

Urquhart scored his team’s second goal with a low-flying drag flick off a short corner.

The Rams were missing coach Nathan Baker and defender Brett Gallagher, but Urquhart said the side should have been able to cope with that considering the performances of bench players Beau Weatherly and Leah Munro.

“They were in all the right places and strong on the ball,” Urquhart said.

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