Hotspurs make a statement

HOTSPURS announced themselves on the Albury Wodonga Football Association competition with a 6-2 away win against Wangaratta yesterday.

Former Wodonga Heart captain Tyson Mason was among the leading lights for Spurs in a creative attacking role.

Spurs led 3-0 at half-time and added another three in the second 45 minutes with Ryan Giles and Matthew Townsend completing doubles.

Coach John Irvine took the points but was not reading too much into the win.

“It is hard to go down there and get the win so we are always going to be happy to come away with three points,” he said.

“But it’s tough to get a gauge on where you are at when you are playing a side that were playing their first game of the year.

“But you can only assess your own players and there were no passengers out there for us today.

“Mason was unselfish up front and set up several goals.

“But Ryan Giles was probably our best while Matthew Townsend, Jack Percy and Paul Kinning all had good games.”

An “under par” Melrose defeated Albury City 4-1.

Coach Josh Fluss said they would need to improve for the clash with Twin City next week.

“We got the result at the end of the day and you will always take a 4-1 win,” he said.

“But again we were poor in the front third, the final ball into the box was scrappy and lacked intensity.

“We were flat and City are an enthusiastic side that in the past have always given us trouble, but when we get to those sides that are a bit more aggressive, a bit more clinical, we simply can’t afford to play like we did today.”

Fluss admitted they were a work in progress after leading 3-1 at half-time.

“We tried Tom Komadina up front today and had Evan Rawluk coming off the bench,” he said.

“It wasn’t perfect but it’s hard to make any judgements on one game — we’ll take time to gel and get the partnerships right.

“And we lost Ben Porta to a knee injury in the 10th minute and that threw our shape out — I’m not sure we adjusted in the 90 minutes.”