Bring back that winning feeling

August 25, 2017

Jayden Guppy, pictured and Aaron Blackburn return from illness for Benalla Saints' when they face Tatura tomorrow.

With finals football around the corner, Benalla desperately needs to get back to winning ways.

The injury-plagued Saints have lost three straight games and tomorrow play Tatura.

‘‘We haven’t played to the best of our ability of late, we know what we need to work on and I have spoken about that with the boys,’’ Saints coach Luke Morgan said.

Benalla has beaten just one top six this season.

‘‘We just have to play what has been put out in front of us,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘We have played the bottom teams more times than those in the finals and I think our ladder position may be indicative of that, it is obvious we do find it harder to beat the better sides.’’

Morgan will likely make two changes with Jayden Guppy and Aaron Blackburn returning to the fray after missing last week through illness.

The Saints just pipped the Bulldogs by five points when the sides last met in round seven.

Nick Warnock kicked five majors on that occasion, with Jarrod Bannister set to play against Tatura for the first time.

Bannister started his first Goulburn Valley League season with 27 goals in four games before breaking his wrist, but he has only kicked six in his past three matches.

Meanwhile, injured Bulldogs coach Jamason Daniels has watched his side get outclassed against third-placed Euroa (27 points) and unbeaten Kyabram (88 points) the past two rounds.

Mitch Elliott has been an ever present figure in midfield for the Bulldogs and he will again need to perform in his side’s final game of the season.

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