Strath­dale too good on all lev­els

The Riverine Herald - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

MOAMA Echuca Bor­der Raiders were brought crash­ing back down to earth af­ter Strath­dale came to play on Sun­day.

The se­nior side was con­fi­dent go­ing into the match, hav­ing seen Strath­dale strug­gle against min­nows Golden City the week be­fore.

But light­ning doesn’t strike the same place twice, and they made no mis­take in dis­patch­ing the Raiders 5-0 at Jack Eddy Oval.

Even with re­in­force­ments com­ing to the Echuca team’s aid in the form of Sam McAl­lan, Tiziano Car­bone re­turn­ing from in­jury, and new re­cruit Josh Levy, it wasn’t enough to stop the Raiders be­ing plun­dered.

And it was even worse for the re­serves side. They were belted 1-7 by Strath­dale — the only con­so­la­tion com­ing from a Garry Va¨iko goal in the sec­ond half.

The women’s side could not field a team on Sun­day, and for­feited the game 3-0.

And in the youth cham­pi­onship, the Raiders suc­cumbed to a 2-5 loss, with goals for the home side com­ing from Darcy Nel­son and Austin Li­na­han.

But there is light at the end of the tun­nel for the club.

Af­ter en­dur­ing a tor­rid week­end of re­sults they can look for­ward to tak­ing on 10th-placed Shep­par­ton on Sun­day.

Shep­par­ton is a club with an eerily sim­i­lar time to the Raiders se­nior men in the Bendigo Ama­teur Soc­cer League this year.

With 10 points from their 13 games so far, the Raiders have gained just two points more, and sit two rungs above them in the BASL.

Raiders coach Dar­ryl Brown said de­spite the score­line he is pleased with the progress the teams have been mak­ing this year.

‘‘We’re not dis­heart­ened,’’ Brown said.

‘‘We still think it’s a good re­sult. We’re near the bot­tom of the lad­der and they’re very clearly the best side in the league.

‘‘We played re­ally well. We tri­alled a few new ones. Sam (McAl­lan) was back from in­jury, Josh (Levy) played his first game and we were miss­ing Adam (Richard­son) who was out with an in­jury,’’ he said.

Brown said a win away at Shep­par­ton is ‘‘ab­so­lutely not’’ a done deal, although they would be push­ing hard to get the points.

‘‘(Sec­ond-placed) Shep­par­ton United only beat them 1-0 so you just don’t know,’’ Brown said.

‘‘It’s hard to tell, but we will be look­ing to take points for sure.

‘‘At this stage last year I think we had 200 goals against us. We’re a long way off that, we’ve only had about 49 at this stage.

‘‘We’ve cut them back mas­sively and we’re not on the bot­tom of the lad­der, and ac­tu­ally have the pos­si­bil­ity of get­ting up one maybe two spots more,’’ he said.

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