BULLIOH coach Peter Dean has put the acid on his players to claim the prized scalp of a top-two rival ahead of Saturday’s crucial encounter against Corryong at Corryong on Saturday.
While the undefeated Cudgewa has an iron-fisted grip on a top-two finish, Bullioh and Corryong are locked in a fierce battle for the remaining spot.
The Bulldogs sit third with a 4-2 record with less than a percentage point separating the league heavyweight from the Demons.
Dean said while there was still plenty of improvement in his charges he conceded the ladder was a true reflection of early season form.
“Our start to the season hasn’t been too bad considering I’m still coming to terms with coaching a new group and getting a grasp of opposition players,” Dean said.
“But I think the ladder has got it right.
“Cudgewa and Corryong look to be the standout teams and we’re probably next best.
“While Cudgewa will need to get a heap of injuries to miss out on top spot we get a chance to move a step closer to a top-two finish if we can get over Corryong on the weekend.”
Corryong enjoyed a 26-point win when the sides last clashed in round 2 with Cody Edwards, Shannon Gilson and James Paton the biggest difference.
Dean said he was reading little into the result and was quick to dismiss early season form.
“I think both sides will feel they have improved markedly since that clash,” he said.
“We are the stage now where club’s are looking to get their best side out on the park and build some momentum heading into the countdown to finals.
“We are looking forward to the challenge of taking them on at their home turf.”
In other matches, Federal should stay in touch with the top-four with victory over Border-Walwa. Ladder leader Cudgewa will start a red-hot favourite when it travels to clash with defending premier Tumbarumba.