SLOW starts are quickly becoming Lockington-Bamawm United’s Achilles heel.
In Saturday’s five-point loss to Mount Pleasant, the Cats allowed the home side to race out of the blocks in the first and third quarters.
Despite pulling them back before quarter-time, the third term was a different story as LBU trailed by 13 points heading into the final term.
The slow starts have become a trend in LBU’s early season form — although they had managed to overcome the problem until they suffered their first defeat of the season.
‘‘It’s not a major worry, but it’s something we need to address,’’ coach Kahl Oliver said.
‘‘We’ve shown we can overcome the issues, but momentum isn’t always going to fall in our favour.
‘‘Getting control of the game early will make us a much better side.’’
Limiting the opportunities of Mount Pleasant going forward was a big reason LBU worked their way back into the contest.
Key defender Rhys Woodland became a key figure in that aspect of the game, intercepting numerous attacks from the home side throughout the afternoon.
‘‘Rhys was like a brick wall at times,’’ Oliver said.
‘‘He gave the other boys around him plenty of confidence with the way he attacked the ball.
‘‘When he had the ball in hand, he certainly helped to control the tempo and get the ball into dangerous positions.’’
At the other end, LBU’s dynamic forward continued to showcase their ability in a strong display of goal kicking.
Jarod Bacon, Lachlan Collins and Patrick Gardiner were once again influential as they kicked four goals apiece.
‘‘It’s pleasing that our guys continue to share the workload,’’ Oliver explained.
‘‘As a coach, you don’t really worry about who is kicking the goals.’’
LBU will have the opportunity to bounce back strongly next week against another premiership contender in North Bendigo.