YOKER Athletic were punished by a clinical Renfrew side, losing 3-1 at Holm Park on Saturday, writes Josh Howells.
Yoker were the better team on the day, but were caught out by Frew’ attack.
Within the first minute, Yoker had been awarded a free-kick 25 yards out.
Henry whipped in an inviting ball, but James Ross managed to head the ball in the opposite direction to goal.
Minutes later, Ryan Hynes headed on a through ball into a pocket of space for himself, but failed to beat the keeper in a one-on-one.
The first 20 minutes were all Yoker. Renfrew managed to have a few attempts on goal through quick breakaways, but the home side seemed far more in control and relaxed.
However the tides soon turned as Scott Morton fired home an incredible free-kick from 20 yards out.
From just left of the arc, the ball was caressed into the top right, far out of reach for Yoker’s replacement keeper Wilson.
It went from bad to worse for the shaken hosts who saw Jones skip past his marker and into the box.
A simple pass across goal awarded Hocknull an easy tap-in which he placed just right of the goalkeeper.
As the sides went in at half-time, Yoker did not seem in any position to secure points.
Despite being the better team, two costly mistakes had seen them become deflated and lacklustre.
Six minutes after the break, Renfrew crossed in an aerial ball from 30 yards out that was picked up by a loan striker edging into the penalty box.
As the ball was controlled, the man was brought down by the defensive pressure and a controversial penalty was awarded.
Zok fired home from the spot making it 3-0 and leaving Yoker with little to play for.
The home side did not give up, however, and focused all their energy into clawing something back.
In the 64th minute, Hynes produced a goal he’ll be dreaming about for months.
Positioned just outside the box on the right, he let fly and sent the ball hurdling into the far left top corner.
It was a screamer, but not enough to spark a resurrection.
After the game, manager Steven Reilly said: “They didn’t do anything that opened us up, they didn’t create much at all today.
“We were the better team, but we can’t excuse the individual schoolboy errors that cost us the game.”
Yoker next face Irvine Meadow at Holm Park on Saturday. Kick-off is at 2pm.