Ipswich Knights head coach Ashley Hempstead sees positive signs from his team’s latest 1-1 draw.
Ipswich Knights head coach Ashley Hempstead sees positive signs from his team’s latest 1-1 draw. David Nielsen

Knights add to strikepower

HAVING secured former Brisbane Strikers midfielder Matt Christensen, the Ipswich Knights are slowly finding the balance head coach Ashley Hempstead is richly craving.

Despite drawing 1-1 with Moggill on Saturday night, Hempstead was heartened by his side's Division 1 effort at the Bellbowrie Sports Club.

"It was a game that got away," Hempstead said after the Knights led 1-0 and had chances against a 10-man Moggill side in the second half.

"But we competed and I thought it was our best performance of the year. As a whole, I was pleased they played a lot better and I think we were a lot better balanced side.

"We were away from home and got a point.

"They (Moggill) are a good squad."

Christensen's release from the state league club came through late last week, allowing him to play his first full game for the Knights.

After three seasons with the Strikers, Christensen is one of the club's major signings in recent years.

"Matty played well but he looks short of match fitness," Hempstead said.

Hempstead was thrilled how he combined with Nick Parfitt and Alex Roddy in the midfield.

"Nick was outstanding for us," the coach said.

"That was the best game he's played for us this year."

Striker Ben Hunt also caused problems, stepping up with regular striker Trent Griffiths recovering from injury.

Andy Drager was tenacious, finishing the game with stitches after a head clash in the second half.

Last season's golden boot winner Peter Drager scored the Knights' only goal before Moggill equalised through a penalty in the second half.

When Moggill had a player sent off, the Knights had 20 minutes to secure victory.

"Missed chances cost us again," Hempstead said.

"I thought we played pretty well in the first half and we could have led by a little bit more.

"They went down to 10 (in the second half) but they played better."

Hempstead was most pleased how his team matched Moggill physically.

"Little things are not going our way but we're heading in the right direction," he said.

The unbeaten Ipswich Knights Reserves maintained top spot with a 2-2 draw against Moggill.

The Knights' top side can continue its development in Thursday night's rescheduled match at Bundamba.

The game against Logan was moved from Sunday due to the Brisbane Roar playing in the A-League grand final.

The Knights tackle Logan after their 4-0 victory over the Ipswich City Bulls last Friday night.

Logan's win was built on a dominant second half performance at Cornubia Park.

After conceding just one first half goal to former Western Spirit striker Phil Randal, the Bulls let the home side take charge.

It left the Bulls with just two wins from seven matches this season.

Ipswich City tackle Mitchelton at Brassall in their next game on Saturday night.



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