Cessnock skipper Greg Anderson in top form as Hornets thump Kahibah 3-0

What a difference a week makes.

OUTSTANDING: Veteran defender Greg Anderson was back to his finest with a wonderful display.

OUTSTANDING: Veteran defender Greg Anderson was back to his finest with a wonderful display.

After a disjointed 1-0 loss to South Cardiff in the opening round a week earlier, Cessnock Hornets bounced back to sweep aside Kahibah 3-0 on the weekend.

Cessnock coach Michael Gatt described his team's showing as "very strong" - exactly what he was looking for after the South Cardiff disappointment.

"With all the run that had affected our training, I think there was a bit of ring rust in the first match," he said.

"This was a far superior performance to that and I'm really pleased overall."

With veteran defender and captain Greg Anderson playing a dominant role at the back, and holding midfielder Will Whitelaw strong on the middle of the park, the Hornets' defence was rarely troubled.

And after a scoreless showing the previous week, it was good to see the goals go in - one of the areas Gatt admitted his team needed to improve heading in to this season.

"We're starting to get where we need to be," Gatt said. "Another couple of weeks should make a big difference to us."

Isaac Peek, Brad York and Kevin Van Gool were the scorers.

The win leaves the Hornets witting comfortably in the middle of the table.

Cessnock meet Kahibah again midweek in the FFA Cup, before taking on West Wallsend at Turner Park on Saturday.