The Redbacks round 7 fixture at Hale Turf against Newman Nights nearly caused an upset when Rockingham struggled in the first half but finally managed to come away with a 5-3 win.
The Redbacks let Newman dominate the opening minutes of the came but as often happens Rockingham scored a goal against the flow of the game. Nick Gerrard opened his goal tally for the season when Rockingham strung several passes together leaving Gerrard with a fairly simple shot for goal. However Newman still maintained control of the game and drew level with a short corner goal 10 minutes into the game. During the middle stage of the first half neither could get on top. Rockingham broke the deadlock and went into the lead when Matt Wells scored the first of his 2 goals from a Rockingham short corner with 10 minutes remaining in the half. Newman responded within minutes with 2 short corner goals. Wells managed to bring the scores back to level just before the half finished with his second short corner goal.
Newman could sense that they could bring the completion leaders down and started way the finished the first half with lots of enthusiasm and desperation. The Redbacks also come out stronger after some words from coach Michael Nobbs and showed glimpses of form which has then on top of the ladder and averaging 6 goals a game. The Redbacks defense held Newman out and also gave Rockingham a good base from which to counter attack. Gerrard scored his second field goal early in the half. Matt Martin through sheer determination and skill weaved his way into the circle and even when forced on to his back stick come up with a ripper tomahawk shot to seal the game.
Coach Nobbs was pleased with the win but concedes that there is plenty of room for improvement.