The Kyabram Bombers overcame a spirited Shepparton United to steal victory.May 7, 2014 3:15am
Kyabram’s depth was severely tested on Saturday night against Shepparton United, but the Bombers were still able to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
The Bombers prevailed by five points at Deakin Reserve in cool, greasy and trying conditions with misty rain falling for most of the game.
The siren couldn’t come quickly enough for the Bombers, with United rallying late in the last quarter to kick five goals to two and almost snatch the honours.
‘‘They had plenty of momentum up at the finish, but we hung on,’’ Kyabram coach David Williams said.
‘‘The wind had come up a bit which helped them a bit, but they aren’t a bad side.’’
Given the Bombers were without skipper Paul Newman, key ruckman Jake Reeves and late withdrawal Xavier Hilton, Williams was happy to get out of the game with the four points.
‘‘I know they had a few out, too, but if any other side in the competition had as many key players as we have out at the moment, you have to be satisfied with any win,’’ Williams said.
The Bombers were never headed on the scoreboard, but United’s five unanswered goals was huge in the context of a 14-goal game.
The result looked a formality at the last change when Kyabram had a 24-point lead in the low-scoring encounter and then kicked the first two goals of the last term.
But from then on it was all United.
The Bombers had good players in small men Liam Ogden and Chris Atkins who revelled in the conditions along with Josh Linton, Sam Sheldon and Nick Coulstock.
Tom Sheldon and Jason Morgan again stood up in defence, while recruit Tom Jones did a wonderful job in the ruck again and was particularly good early. Defender David Gillespie and Ash Quinn, Tim Looby and Matt Rendina were good for United.
The Bombers have another break this week before hosting Seymour.
Reeves and Hilton should return for that game, but Newman, who has suffered calcification in a calf muscle, may not return for some time.
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