Blighty aiming for big victory

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Blighty will look to boost their percentage when they host bottom of the ladder Yarroweyah in round 13 of the Picola & District League tomorrow.

The Redeyes (fifth) are well behind the teams above them on the ladder when it comes to percentage points, with their 149.85 trailing fourth-placed Strathmerton (189.62) and third-placed Picola United (239.96) significantly.

Building on their percentage could prove difficult however, with a long list of key players missing including playing-coach Jack Tyndall, onballers Jed Brain, Judd Barnes and Ryan Chadderton, defender Tom Druitt and forward Beau Close all out injured.

‘‘Even though we’re missing a few there is no excuse if we don’t win,’’ Tyndall said.

‘‘To finish in the top four we need the percentage to catch up to Strathy.

‘‘But we can’t take Yarroweyah for granted at all.’’

The Redeyes’ depth will truly be tested with defender Jack Bunnett away on a holiday this weekend and veteran Leigh Culton also doubtful.

‘‘Leighroy (Culton) didn’t pull up well after last week so we’ll see how he goes at training (last night),’’ Tyndall said.

‘‘We will have Cody Jordan back in the side though so that’ll be very handy.

‘‘We’ll bring Luke Charlton in for his first senior game. He hasn’t missed a training for a while now and has been in good form in the twos.

‘‘We’ve still got a very good side on paper so I’m confident we will still get the job done.’’

The Hoppers showed signs of improvement with Andy Jones (three goals), Shaun Greenway (two) and Michael Skolyarev (two) among the better performers last weekend.

But names like Matt Jackson, Dane Maxwell, Sam Singleton and Louis and Lenny Clarke should see the Redeyes prove too strong.

Selection: Blighty by 10 goals.