We can’t relax: Carpenter

Wang Rovers star Sam Carpenter.

Wang Rovers star Sam Carpenter.

WANGARATTA Rovers star Sam Carpenter says “half an hour of bad footy” cost the Hawks’ last week’s clash with old club Corowa-Rutherglen.

He said they were desperate to make amends against Myrtleford today.

Rovers surrendered a 21-point lead against the Roos last week to ultimately go down by 19, a result that saw the Hawks fall back to the pack on the Ovens and Murray ladder.

Carpenter, the Hawks’ best in defeat, put the shock loss down 30 minutes of bad footy.

Corowa-Rutherglen piled on eight straight goals before and after half-time to break the game open.

“They got a run on and we couldn’t get back into the game,” Carpenter said.

“Half an hour of bad footy was all it really came down to.”

The former Corowa-Rutherglen star said he didn’t expect things to get any easier up in the hills this afternoon.

The Saints also look set to be buoyed by the return of co-coach Brad Murray.

It will be his 100th game for the club.

“Myrtleford at Myrtleford is never easy,” Carpenter said.

“They’ve got some quality players.

“We will be looking to bounce back and hopefully we can respond.”