First-half thumping sparks recovery

A FIRST-half hiding from Wodonga Diamonds may have just turned Albury Hotspurs’ season around in women’s soccer.

Down 3-0 in their first round clash, coach James Eggelston “re-jigged” their structure, keeping the ladder leader scoreless in the second half.

“Diamonds took it up to us the last time we played and forced the changes at half-time in that game,” he said.

“We have stuck to that plan since and ended up being beaten just 2-0 against Myrtleford last week.

“We’ll do the same thing but understand Diamonds are a quality side — it’s a big test.”

Hotspurs tackle Diamonds again tomorrow at La Trobe.

Diamonds coach Tony Cigana said they would be without five of their starting line-up — Bonnie Denison, Bethany Morgan, Grace Gill, Antoniette Morrison and Emma Buckingham.

He said the next three games would decide their season.

“There are probably four teams still in the race,” Cigana said.

“I don’t discount Albury City — they are flying under the radar and have picked up in the past few weeks.

“The next three weeks will determine where we are at — we are under strength against an improving Hotspurs and then play Melrose and Boomers.

“If we slip up once we’ll be out of the race.”