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.’’
In the round’s other game, Kyabram Phoenix went down 3-0 to Cobram, which moved the Tigers up to second on the ladder, two points behind league leader Shepparton South.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon at the fish and chip shop.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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