Border Raiders roll bogey team

By Riverine Herald

ECHUCA Moama Border Raiders men’s team has officially turned the corner — you just need to look at its recent victory over Shepparton South.

In their previous four outings against South, the Border Raiders had conceded a whopping 50 goals — scoring just three of their own.

But on Sunday, they showed why they sit in the upper reaches of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League ladder with a stunning 3-2 victory.

It was a result of all the hard work the playing group has put together in recent times, according to club president Darryl Brown.

‘‘The win shows how far we have come as a club in a short amount of time,’’ Brown said.

‘‘We have really struggled against South in the past and to overcome a mental barrier like that takes a lot of effort.

‘‘There were plenty of smiling faces in the rooms after the game and it was great to see.’’

From the first whistle, the home side got on top thanks to their pressure — refusing to allow their opponents any time to settle on the ball.

‘‘The work rate was super high in trying to get the ball back,’’ Brown said.

‘‘Our midfielders certainly made the job easier at both ends of the pitch.’’

Unfortunately, the women’s team wasn’t in the mood for celebration as it suffered its third defeat in four matches, going down 0-7.

The Border Raiders were on the back foot early in the contest as they found themselves 0-3 down after just nine minutes.

Despite the heavy scoreline, Brown — who also coaches the women’s team — was proud of the side’s performance, in particular during the second half.

‘‘We managed to slow the game up, which was really important,’’ he said.

‘‘As a team we improved in areas that really let us down in the first half.

‘‘There is still a strong belief we can overturn the result when we play them later in the year.’’

Both sides are on the road this weekend when they take on Colts United.