Twin City claim another scalp with hard-fought win against Cobram

CLASS ACT: Englishman Tyler Curran was instrumental in Twin City's 2-1 victory against Cobram on Thursday night. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
CLASS ACT: Englishman Tyler Curran was instrumental in Twin City's 2-1 victory against Cobram on Thursday night. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Twin City moved to seventh spot at the halfway mark of the AWFA senior men’s season with a 2-1 victory against Cobram at La Trobe on Thursday night.

The Wanderers caught the Roar defence napping in the second minute as Matt Hasler used his pace to open the scoring.

It seemed to spark Cobram into action as last year’s cup finalists worked their way into the contest.

However, the Wanderers kept the lead at half-time and doubled it with a counter attack in the 65th minute.

Dylan Richardson got on the end of some good build-up play from Tyler Curran and Cayne Wilhelm.

Cobram scrambled one back five minutes later as Shaun Willis pounced on a loose ball in the box to keep his side in the hunt.

Both sides continued to attack in the dying stages, with the Wanderers holding on for a hard-fought victory.

Twin City coach Lee Botting was delighted to claim another big scalp.

“It was a tough game, but we kept our composure which is what it’s all about,” he said.

“To come off a disappointment last weekend and get the three points moves us up above them.

“We've got a very winnable game against Hotspurs next weekend.

“I was looking for seven points from those last three games, but we’ve got six and we’re very happy.”

Cobram co-coach Bill Puckett admitted his side settled into the game after the early goal.

“It’s not a good way to start, you want to get that spark by being on top, not by conceding,” he said.

“We started well in the second half, we had a game plan to try get the ball back on the floor and cut through the middle of their midfield and defence.

“But it left us unstuck on the counter, they had some quick feet through the middle and all of a sudden we’re 2-0 down.”

However, Puckett’s biggest challenge is keeping players on the park.

“We’ve got to manage bodies which hinders training, so it’s hard to work on the structure of your team when you've got six blokes at training,” he added.