A host of top line inclusions has helped Seymour take a dominant victory against Benalla.
Playing coach Brent Colbert, VFL-listed Jake O’Brien and midfield superstars Andrew Sturgess and Ben Clifton returned to the Lions’ outfit after missing last weekend’s loss to Euroa.
The difference the quartet made was palpable, with Clifton (three goals), Sturgess (two) and O’Brien (one) all hitting the scoreboard during the 44-point win.
The match began with a tight tussle in the first term before Seymour pounced in the second.
The Lions booted eight goals to Benalla’s two in the quarter to streak ahead to a 41-point advantage at the main break.
Luke Morgan’s men would not lie down though, kicking seven goals of their own in the third stanza to storm back into the contest.
‘‘We were happy with our third quarter,’’ he said.
‘‘If you’re talking positives, the way we responded there was really good.’’
It would be the final resistance from the away team, as the Lions again kicked away to secure an important triumph.
‘‘Overall we were pretty disappointing for the majority of the game in terms of the way we played,’’ Morgan said.
‘‘We let Seymour dictate for most of the day, it was a pretty ordinary performance.’’
The Saints lost Jayden Guppy (ankle) and Tom Havers (knee) for large portions of the game, but Morgan pointed more towards a lack of effort from most of his charges, rather than a lack of troops, when dissecting the defeat.
‘‘In the end we were probably a few short effort-wise,’’ he said.
‘‘Our best were the ones who provided an effort all day.’’
Nick Warnock (four goals) and James Martyn (three) provided targets all day for Benalla, while Sam Martyn, Morgan and Brody Webster were all among the best.
For the Lions, seven players scored multiple times in a great team effort.
Rory Scopel and Saad Saad joined Clifton in booting three majors, while the returning midfielder was a clear best on ground.
Harrison Wheeler and Brandyn Grenfell were also standouts in Seymour’s first successful outing in three weeks.
While still in fifth position on the ladder, it was integral Seymour halted its slide in order to remain two matches ahead of the much-improved Rochester.
Colbert’s men will not be able to rest on their laurels though, with an away fixture against Echuca looming large on the horizon.
Meanwhile, Benalla will be confident of a win when it hosts Shepparton United.
Seymour 3.4 11.5 14.7 20.13 (133)
Benalla 2.5 4.6 11.8 13.11 (89)
Seymour: Ben Clifton, Harrison Wheeler, Brandyn Grenfell, Mitch McLean, Hugh Robertson, Adrian McCarthy.
Benalla: Sam Martyn, Luke Morgan, Brody Webster, Michael Ryan, Chris Welsh, Zac Pallpratt.
Seymour: Rory Scopel, Saad Saad, Ben Clifton 3, Harrison Wheeler 2, Rhys Clarke, Hugh Robertson, Andrew Sturgess 2, Xavier McMahon, Mitch McLean, Jake O’Brien.
Benalla: Nick Warnock 4, James Martyn 3, Aaron Blackburn, Pat Warner, Luke Morgan, Charlie Morrison, Brody Webster, James Marchbank