Lancaster defeats Murchison to keep finals hopes aliveJuly 9, 2014 3:40am
Lancaster has kept its season alive with a stirring 34-point victory over the reigning premiers Murchison in the Kyabram District Football League on Saturday.
A five-goal Heath Bennett-haul helped inspire Lancaster, which had 32 scoring shots to register the 17.15 (117) to 13.5 (83) winning margin that could have been much bigger.
The win keeps Lancaster in finals contention, placing it one game out of the top six after what coach Paul Burnett said was one of the team’s best wins of the season.
‘‘We were fairly good over the ground all day and I was really happy with our effort and I thought everyone contributed,’’ he said.
‘‘We scored heavily and had a good percentage and conversation rate in the end, so it was a good victory.’’
With the game on the line at three-quarter time the Wombats overran the reigning premiers who continue to experience difficulties with an injury-ravaged side.
‘‘They didn’t field their best side, which helps, but you can only beat what is out there,’’ coach Burnett said.
‘‘They still had some great players out there and they kicked really accurately, so we were lucky they didn’t convert more, but I still think we had control of the play for most of the day and we won the game by making sure we had first use of the ball.’’
The victory has ended a month of disappointment for Lancaster, with coach Burnett saying the team had to get back to basics.
‘‘I thought most guys did their bit and that was a really good sign considering we have been down the last month,’’ he said.
‘‘At the end of the day we want to play finals, but going on the last month’s performances we have moved away from focusing on that. It’s cliche, but we are really taking it one week at a time because we lost our way a little bit. We know if we win the games in front of us we can go far, but we are not going to look too far into the future.’’
Lancaster comes up against second-placed Nagambie next week, which has only recorded one loss for the season.
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