Harder block ahead

June 19, 2017

Alex Kydd gathered more than 30 possessions for Lancaster in its win against Murchison-Toolamba on Saturday.

Lancaster keeps on getting it done.

The Wombats had everything thrown at them against Murchison-Toolamba on Saturday and still came out on top by six points.

Nick Bertoli’s side played well for most of the game, but the Grasshoppers dominated the third quarter with seven goals to spark belief the home side could pull of a memorable win at Murchison Recreation Reserve.

Lancaster regrouped coming into the final term to reel in a 16-point deficit, with four goals to one.

‘‘It was a bit of arm wrestle most of the day, but it was pleasing we were able to win because we would’ve lost those sort of games in the past,’’ Bertoli said.

‘‘They (Murchison-Toolamba) got their tails up in that third quarter and we made some blatant mistakes, turnovers on that big ground really kill you.

‘‘The backline was really good, that whole group stood up and made sure we stayed on top.’’

Alex Kydd worked tirelessly and gathered more than 30 possessions, while Jack Donnell, Chris Eddy and Michael Orr played well.

Besim Besim was a key pillar of the Wombats’ side, while Rikki Busch made the most of his chances with four goals.

Lancaster sits in fourth on the ladder with a 6-2 record, but Bertoli knows the real challenge starts now.

‘‘We had the block of Rushy, Girgarre and Murch and we had to make sure we won all three of them because we’ve got Nagambie, Avenel and Stanhope coming up,’’ he said.

It was heartbreak for the Grasshoppers, who came so close to winning a fifth straight match.

James Milne’s young troops remain an outside chance of playing finals, but will need to claim some more scalps in the back half of the season.

Luke Jones popped up with four goals, Jake Ewart was outstanding, as was Nathan Carroll, Shannon Tibos, Brayden Cecchin and Ashton Cashion (four goals).

Murchison-Toolamba has the bye before facing Nagambie on July 1.

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