Sport

Comeback win a needed boost for wayward Raiders

By Riverine Herald

ECHUCA-MOAMA Border Raiders’ women’s soccer team has put a tough fortnight behind it after coming from behind to defeat Spring Gully.

Following heavy defeats to Eaglehawk and Shepparton United, three points against Spring Gully was a must if the Border Raiders wanted to get their season back on track.

When Spring Gully took the lead in the latter stages of the first half against the run of play, it looked set to be another frustrating afternoon for the visitors.

But in the space of seven second half minutes, the Border Raiders had turned the game on its head with two goals of their own.

‘‘When we fell behind, it felt like we had control of the game,’’ coach Darryl Brown said.

‘‘Going behind did dampen the spirits but the players lifted in the second half.

‘‘We created plenty of chances and probably should have scored more than two.

‘‘It was a terrific response after our previous results.’’

Throughout the game, the Border Raiders dictated the tempo in midfield as they found plenty of openings in between the midfield and defensive lines of their hosts.

‘‘We moved the ball around really well,’’ Brown said.

‘‘Spring Gully weren’t able to settle into their defensive shape, which made things easier for our attackers.’’

The challenge for Brown’s team is to now carry on their winning momentum when they host Shepparton South on Sunday.

‘‘We’re under no illusion that this is another tough test,’’ he said.

‘‘Our group always wants to test themselves against the best.

‘‘It shows us where we sit in the competition and where we need to get to if we want to be challenging for titles.’’

The match will kick-off at 11am, before the men return to action at 3pm following a bye last weekend.