Tatura has consolidated its place in Regional Premier League top four with a win against Cobram Victory.MATTHEW GALEA May 27, 2014 3:15am
As the Regional Premier League approaches the halfway mark of the season, Tatura has put itself in a great position to be in the finals mix.
The Ibises hosted Cobram Victory in a crucial match between fourth and fifth and Tom Black’s men put in a strong performance to seal a 4-2 win.
The win means Tatura is now six points clear of Victory in fourth place with a game in hand.
‘‘It’s a pretty big result for us,’’ Black said.
‘‘We’re probably in a better position now than we thought we’d be after the first few games, but we’ve got a few big games coming up against Shepparton United and Shepparton South, so we need to keep our heads on straight.’’
The addition of Jared Cunniff to the side has made a big difference.
The English striker scored Tatura’s third goal of the game, following Alex Goodwin’s first-half brace, taking his tally to 10 goals in three games.
An injury cloud hung over Cunniff prior to kick-off, but, much to Black’s pleasure, the striker showed no ill signs.
‘‘We tested him in training on Friday and he was fine. He makes a big difference for us,’’ Black said.
‘‘It’s not just his goals, his movement is great too.
‘‘Sometimes defenders get a bit preoccupied with him and when he moves well he makes space for others, which Alex moved into well.’’
Goodwin’s goals — his first of the season — had Tatura up 2-0 at half-time, before Cunniff’s effort made it 3-0.
Cobram Victory coach Louis Clark found the back of the net before Victory was awarded a penalty it converted to pull the score back to 3-2.
It set up what might have been a nervous finish to the game for the Ibises, but those nerves were settled when Haider Al-Hamzah produced a cross-cum-shot that found the back of the net.
‘‘He’ll say he meant it, but I’m not so sure,’’ Black said with a laugh.
‘‘We’ll just enjoy the win, and we’ll see how we go with the build up for the next game against United (in two weeks).
‘‘We’re passing the ball well and the team is looking good at the moment.’’
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