Ben down with sore knee

June 08, 2018

A knee injury has sidelined Seymour co-coach Ben Clifton for the rest of the season.

Seymour co-coach Ben Clifton’s season is over after scans confirmed he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in last weekend’s clash with Mooroopna.

Clifton hurt his knee in the first quarter, but after more injuries left his side undermanned, he returned to the field in the second half to play through the pain.

As his side prepares to face Shepparton United tomorrow, fellow co-coach Jason Cole said it was a heart-breaking loss for the side.

‘‘It’s always hard when you lose one of your best players, but the big thing with Ben is his leadership,’’ Cole said.

‘‘Even in the games so far when he’s gone off, the other sides are getting a run on, he’s got such a big presence.

‘‘We’re lucky he’ll still be coaching, he’ll still be there for us, but he’s hard to replace.’’

The Lions will also be without Bryce Scoullar and Alex Lockett for about a month with hamstring injuries.

United will be looking to use the Deakin Reserve clash between bottom six sides to snap a losing streak and find a first win since the round four triumph against Shepparton Swans.

United coach Stephen Scott was impressed with his side’s improved fight against Tatura and hoped it would continue tomorrow.

‘‘Seymour is going well recently and they’ve been competitive with a few sides and we probably need to focus on what we can control,’’ he said.

‘‘We need to start a bit better than we have been and make sure we are in the game at quarter-time and half-time, because our form in the second half has generally been not too bad.’’

Somewhat puzzled at his side’s slow starts, Scott said taking the game on would keep his side in good stead.

‘‘Maybe we’re just not coming to play and our intensity isn’t high enough, or we’re just not converting our chances,’’ he said.

‘‘Other teams are getting a run on and we’re lapsing for four or five minutes, but our young blokes have good fitness and do stick to the task.

‘‘We need to get our run going and back our skills, and take the game on. At stages we’re getting a bit flat, and need to back ourselves in to hit a target and get the run off half-back.’’

Matt Di Bella, Jack Norman and Shane Neaves impressed in the seven-goal loss to Tatura and Scott was hopeful captain Ben Bingham would be fit to play after missing with a knee complaint.

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