Bombers have the final say against Burras

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Riddell’s Matt Darby tries to escape the clutches of Diggers Rest’s Tom Gleeson. Photo: Shawn Smits

If Riddell is in touch at three-quarter time in its Riddell District Football League matches, other sides better watch out.

For the second time in three weeks, the Bombers kicked away in the final term against a team with finals aspirations.

On Saturday it was Diggers Rest’s turn, with the Bombers kicking the last four goals of the game to win 10.5 (65) – 5.15 (45).

The Bombers made the most of their opportunities, having significantly fewer inside 50s and shots on goal than the Burras.

The Burras could have been well in front at half-time but were wasteful in front of goal, kicking 1.9 while keeping the Bombers goalless in the second term.

Bombers coach Troy Scoble said he thought his side was lucky to be within two points at the main break.

“They are one of the best sides in the competition,” he said. “They controlled the game in the first half. We were thereabouts on the scoreboard, but we just couldn’t get it past the centre.

“Then we got a couple of breaks and took the most of our opportunities. We’re just rapt … the boys have worked really hard so they deserve everything they get.”

James Nolan kicked four goals for the Bombers, including his side’s first three.

Matt Krul was given the job on Nolan after quarter-time, which meant the Burras had to rotate other players through the ruck, including Brent Tuckey.

“Any time Tuckey isn’t inside 50 we are pleased,” said Scoble.

The win means three in a row against potential finalists for the Bombers ahead of a clash with Romsey this week.

“We were hoping to get one or two wins in this four-week period,” Scoble said.

Burras coach Shaun Sims was disappointed.

“They deserved to win – it’s as simple as that,” he said.

“We controlled a lot of the play at times but couldn’t score. They went down and scored and took their opportunities.”

“We just couldn’t use the ball well enough into our 50 and couldn’t convert when inside … that was due to the way they set up and the pressure and us not taking our opportunities.”

The loss has put the Burras in fourth position.

“If you are playing good footy, it doesn’t matter where you finish,” Sims said.

“Our second half last week was really good and parts of today we were really good. There’s nothing separating the top six teams.”

The Burras have been dealt a massive blow with news that ruckman Lenny Clarke will not return this season.

After missing the first half of the season with injury he has decided against playing, preferring to give priority to his new job in the fire brigade.