Ra­zors sound early warn­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - Sports - by Antony Ste­wart antony. ste­wart@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

THE Ra­zor­backs have taken a huge step to­wards killing off the ‘‘ waste­ful’’ demons that plagued them in 2010.

De­spite a hor­ror build-up to the State League, North Queens­land in their first out­ing un­leashed a po­tency that will give them great con­fi­dence and have the rest of the competition sitting up and tak­ing no­tice.

The Pigs slammed home four goals in­side 37 min­utes to stun Bund­aberg, be­fore run­ning out 5-nil win­ners on Satur­day.

‘‘ We had talked in the travel down about the in­ten­sity that we had to try and start the game at . . . and we did that, played at an ex­cel­lent in­ten­sity and the play­ers went for it,’’ Ra­zor­backs coach Ken Mitchell said.

‘‘ Things that we’ve been guilty of in the last cou­ple of years, where we haven’t con­verted the amount of chances that we have cre­ated, we did last night. We’ve got to con­tinue to con­vert and I think we have enough fire­power now that we can.

‘‘ There was a good spread ( of scor­ers) and that tells me that peo­ple can chip in and the more that do the bet­ter it is for us.’’

Striker Robin Ed­wards started the on­slaught with two goals in the 13th and 16th min­utes be­fore Josh Evans and David Han can­celled out any hope last year’s wooden spoon­ers had of launch­ing a come­back be­fore half­time. A dis­rupted pre­sea­son meant a bit of the sting went out of the at­tack in the sec­ond stanza, but Ja­cob Crowley was still able to put an ex­cla­ma­tion mark on the rout when he banged home a fifth in the 80th minute.

While the goal scor­ers usu­ally grab the head­lines, Mitchell gave a spe­cial men­tion of new­comer Jesse Con­salvo.

Play­ing just in be­hind striker Ed­wards, the first-sea­son Ra­zor­back – a Townsville pre­mier­ship win­ner with Brothers last sea­son – was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting North Queens­land off to a blis­ter­ing start.

‘‘ He made Robin’s first two goals and his work ethic was ex­cep­tional,’’ Mitchell said of Con­salvo, who picked up an in­jury late in the game but is ex­pected to play in round two.

‘‘ Also, our mid­field play­ers of ( Lorenzo) Sipi, Bran­don Holt, ( David) Bowa­ter and Ben Richard­son – the de­liv­ery we were able to pro­vide to get balls into the box and pen­e­trate for Jesse and Robin to get sights on goals were out­stand­ing.’’

The Ra­zor­backs host de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Sun­shine Coast on Satur­day.

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