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Dookie trips up Wombats

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June 04, 2018

Lancaster’s previously unbeaten run came to an end with 10 points the margin as Dookie United prevailed in an enthralling contest.

Lancaster’s previously unbeaten run came to an end with 10 points the margin as Dookie United prevailed in an enthralling contest.

After seven wins on the trot, the Wombats have hit a patch of top six contenders and United sits in that basket, despite being in seventh position.

Dookie coach Steve Reeves said the 14.9 (93) to 12.11 (83) scoreline accurately reflected the Kyabram District Football League match.

‘‘It was a very good game, it went from one end to the other,’’ Reeves said.

‘‘In the third quarter we started to get on top in a couple of different areas and win the contested game, so we got the upper hand, but not by much.

‘‘Against good sides it takes until the very end to get over the line and we knew that was going to be the case, so I’m really happy with our performance.’’

None impressed him more than Will Patone, who is in the midst of a purple patch and kicked two goals on Saturday.

‘‘Will Patone was outstanding, we put him on the ball halfway through the second quarter and we were losing the contested footy and he got us on top in the clearances and he sort of turned the game in our favour,’’ Reeves said.

Matt Crooks was strong in the ruck, while Shaun Monohan and Kyle Tapscott all were among those that made the difference in the narrow victory, as Chris Burton kicked five goals.

But it was the Wombats who gained the early lead.

‘‘They’re a good running side, in the first quarter they were really quick and they had the opportunity to be in front by more than five points,’’ Reeves said.

Lancaster coach Corey Carver said United’s forward entries had them a step above in the game.

‘‘They were cleaner going forward than us, even their last entry into the forward line was better than us, we just tended to bomb it long,’’ Carver said.

‘‘They had a couple of really good players and at one stage we gave them a bit of space and they’ve got good foot skills so they cut us up.’’

Logan Demasi and Jack Elliott were the Wombats’ best at opposite ends of the field and Carver said his side still had faith it could topple the better sides in the competition.

‘‘For sure we know that if we play our best footy we certainly will be able to match up with them, for us it’s about those little things and getting the last kick into the forward 50,’’ he said.

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