Looking for Rutherglen United force at Barkly Park

Rutherglen will look to end its four-match losing streak when it comes up against a firing Beechworth Wanderers at Barkly Park today.

United’s last win was in round 2, where it defeated City Colts.

Since then it has lost to powerhouses Yarrawonga-Mulwala and Bruck, almost securing an outright after losing on first innings to Rovers United before losing to Whorouly-Gapsted.

Now they will face a refreshed Beechworth team coming off a bye.

Rutherglen’s batting has been a major part of its downfall, making more than 150 runs in only one innings in those past four matches.

Rutherglen captain Jon Shaw said he knew he had a side capable of defeating any team.

“We’ve got a team that on its day can beat anyone but we’re also aware that we’ve got a team that can lose to anyone as well,” Shaw said.

“Our batting has been the problem.

“We keep getting bowled out for around 100 runs.

“We’ve been competitive, but when you drop four or five catches and they only have to make 100 — you just can’t be doing that.”

Meanwhile, Beechworth captain Brenton Surrey said his team was feeling good after the week off.

“The bye is a good mental thing, especially for those blokes who have played footy for most of the year and gone straight into cricket,” Surrey said.

The Wanderers will be looking to extend their run of good form after two consecutive victories before the bye.

But Surrey said his team wasn’t getting ahead of itself.

“I think if we can just get our basics right like bowling well enough and batting well enough and fielding well, then there’s no reason why we won’t be in the points,” he said.

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