By Chris Curulli
A ten-man Mosman stubbornly held on to secure a 0-0 stalemate with Belrose-Terrey Hills at Middle Head Oval on Saturday afternoon.
The Raiders pushed hard late on in search of a third straight victory but were forced to settle for a point which maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
On the other hand, Mosman coach Luke Tinker was pleased with his side’s application.
“Playing with ten men for the last half an hour we were obviously happy with a point at the end of the day,” he said.
“The boys fought really hard and defended well against a very good team who were well organised and moved the ball about well.
“There weren’t many real clear-cut chances so I’d say a draw was a fair result.”
Having only retired from playing last year, Tinker is the youngest coach in the competition.
He enjoyed a 2-1 win over Narrabeen on the night of his 27th birthday last Tuesday.
The new Mosman boss, who previously worked at Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday, is hoping to usher in a new era of success for the club.
“There has been a lot of changes at Mosman this year with a new president and new director of football and I think the club has underachieved for many years,” Tinker said.
“We’ve never won the league before and we’ve not been in the top four for over 25 years and I’ve just come in as a former player knowing we need to change our mentality.
“We’ve got honest players in who are going to work hard for each other, for me and for the club and hopefully results start to change now.
“We’ve got a few players back from injuries next week and hopefully we can push on.”
In another weekend packed with unpredictable results, Saints toppled Curl Curl 2-1 and Brookvale were comprehensively accounted for 5-2 by Seaforth.
Elsewhere, CC Strikers and Wakehurst played out a 2-2 draw, Narrabeen thumped Harbord 6-1 and Pittwater edged Manly Vale 2-1.