Black­wood down River

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out Sport -

Mar­garet River men were de­feated 3-1 to Black­wood on Sun­day.

The River men’s team took a mas­sive back­wards step in their bid to win the South West League 1 ti­tle af­ter this re­sult.

The league stand­ings prior to the game saw both teams level on points, with River in sec­ond place ahead on goal dif­fer­ence.

Hav­ing won their last 10 games since los­ing the open­ing three league games, River would have fan­cied their chances go­ing into this game, but ab­sen­tees and play­ers only able to play a por­tion of the game told a dif­fer­ent story.

Black­wood were up for this game and took it to Margs in the early stages, be­ing first to the ball and hav­ing an ag­gres­sive edge to their game and did not take long to open the scor­ing.

Against the run of play, River equalised when Gor­don Becker got on to the end of Gul­limere Gomes’ pass, who was one of the play­ers who had to leave at half-time.

The River now had the wind at their backs in the sec­ond half, but this ad­van­tage was quickly over­turned when the Black­wood for­ward broke the River off side trap in only the sec­ond minute of re­sumed play — tak­ing his chance well 1 to 2.

River were still in the game, with Tom Collins go­ing clos­est with a curl­ing ef­fort from the edge of the 18-yard box, be­ing pushed around the post by the Black­wood keeper.

This was River’s last de­cent chance for an equaliser, be­fore Black­wood once again got in be­hind the River de­fence, if not for a bril­liant save from keeper Gre­gor Small, should have made the re­sult be­yond doubt for Black­wood.

How­ever, Black­wood did then put the game be­yond doubt af­ter in­ter­cept­ing a headed back pass and round­ing Gre­gor Small to make the score­line 3-1 in Black­wood’s favour with only five min­utes of play re­main­ing.

Mar­garet River play Hay Park away on Sun­day, July 30.

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