Redeyes’ United ram­page

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Blighty had all guns blaz­ing at their home ground on Satur­day when they belted Pi­cola United to the tune of 125 points in Pi­cola and Dis­trict Foot­ball League ac­tion.

De­spite trail­ing by just one point at quar­ter-time, the Blues were held goal­less in the sec­ond and last quar­ters.

Final scores, Blighty 25.23 (173) to Pi­cola 7.6 (48).

Blighty coach Ste­wart Craig praised his side’s de­fen­sive and mid­field pres­sure through­out the game.

‘‘It was an even ef­fort all over the ground,’’ he said.

‘‘Just sim­ple foot­ball. Noth­ing too spe­cial.

‘‘It wasn’t bril­liant, they just ba­si­cally did the job and as a coach that’s all you can ask.

‘‘I guess the best part of the game was that there were no in­juries and ev­ery­one had a good crack.’’

The Redeyes shared the scor­ing around with nine in­di­vid­ual goal­kick­ers, in­clud­ing a bag of six from big man Brody Lum­ber, five from Josh Peers and four from wing­man Brett Napier.

Tris­tan Wil­son and Jake Plat­t­fuss slot­ted three each, while Ed Mccul­loch, Ben Lu­cas, Beau Close and Keith Baron all mid­dled one each. Sam Sin­gle­ton, Wil­son and Close were among Blighty’s best play­ers along­side Plat­t­fuss, Peers and Kyel Bain

‘‘It was a good even per­for­mance from ev­ery­one,’’ Craig said.

‘‘It’s hard to pick a stand­out player re­ally.’’

In the re­serves, Blighty beat Pi­cola by 81 points to take top spot on the north-west di­vi­sion lad­der.

Final score: Blighty 14.11 (95) de­feated Pi­cola United 2.2 (14).

Af­ter hold­ing the Blue score­less in the open­ing term, the Redeyes piled on a fur­ther three goals to take a 43-point half-time lead.

Six-goals-to-one in the sec­ond­half en­sured Blighty would take the four points.

Robert Wet­ten­hall slot­ted four goals, while Josh Phillips, Brodie Ben­nett and Ky­nan Mcken­zie kicked two each.

Tim Hanns, Mcken­zie, Matt Wooden, Matt Miller, Ste­wart Crowhurst and Lach­lan Mcal­lis­ter were Blighty’s bet­ter play­ers.

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