LOSS PROVES COSTLY
Rochester's Charlie Ward has no time to think in a pressure situation against Euroa on Saturday.
IT wasn’t meant to be for Rochester.
The Tigers put on a strong performance, but missing some late opportunities saw the side go down to Euroa in Goulburn Valley League football by 14 points on Saturday.
The loss sees the Tigers (with four wins, four losses) slip to eighth on the ladder.
Rochester coach James Flaherty said it was disappointing for the side to lose a close match.
‘‘We could have been better,’’ he said.
‘‘We played well for the majority of the game, and we put ourselves in a position late where we probably could have won the game.
‘‘We just made a few mistakes in front of goal. It’s far from ideal, but it’s something from.’’
Flaherty still praised his side for their performance on the day.
‘‘We were coming up against a really strong opposition midfield,’’ he said.
‘‘It was always going to be a challenge to go head to head with them, but our side went toe to toe with them for the whole match.
‘‘It’s a positive sign as it shows that we are able to match it with good sides throughout the match. There were a lot of good things to take out of the match.’’
The club now turns its attention to Saturday’s clash with second placed Benalla.
And the day has some added meaning for the club, with celebrations to be held for the tenth anniversa- that we can learn ry of the clubs stunning 2008 premiership.
‘‘It’s going to be a wonderful day for our football club,’’ Flaherty said.
‘‘We’re hoping to see a lot of the past players of the club in to celebrate the day, and hopefully there will be a lot of supporters coming along to celebrate as well.
‘‘With a packed crowd, the support for our team will be high and hopefully we can deliver for them.’’
Flaherty is well aware of the challenge for his team.
‘‘Benalla have been a very good side this year,’’ he said.
‘‘They’ve produced some really strong football this season; they’re where they are on the ladder for a reason.
‘‘It’s going to be difficult, but we are ready for the challenge.’’
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Tiger Jackson McEwen is caught in a Magpie sandwich.