Blighty with backs to the wall

By Tyler Maher

Blighty is making it extremely hard for itself to taste Picola District Football League finals action.

The Redeyes have only won three games to sit in 11th spot.

While the side is only one win outside the top eight, a loss to Yarroweyah last week makes Saturday’s clash against Tocumwal Blighty’s most important of the campaign with matches against four of the top seven teams to finish the year.

‘‘We had the wind in the second term and didn’t take full advantage,’’ Blighty assistant coach Tanner Robertson told the Southern Riverina News after the loss to the Hoppers.

‘‘Our discipline in the third quarter cost us and we wasted our chances in front of goal in the last.

‘‘We have to give credit to Yarroweyah though, they’ve made a big improvement this year and were too good for us in the end.

‘‘The loss makes it tough for us to make finals. We need to beat Toc this weekend, but then also have to find wins against the likes of the Rovers, Waaia, Picola and Katamatite.’’

While Tyler Amor-Beale, Beau Close, Lachie MacDonald, Sam Singleton, Tom Druitt and Brett Napier battled hard for the Redeyes last time out, more help will be needed to topple the Bloods at Blighty Recreation Reserve this weekend.

Tocumwal came close to knocking Katunga off last round and will take confidence from that spirited performance in tough conditions.

The game was called off midway through the final term with the Swans leading by 19 points.

Dion Metzner, Cory Parish, Jacob Hore, Troy Poynton, Jeremy Cardillo and Alexander Saraikin had kept the Bloods in the contest with stellar efforts throughout the game.

Conditions are expected to be much more conducive to clean possession and quick football at Blighty on Saturday, with only 1mm to 5mm of rain predicted and a top of 18°C set to warm the hearts of footballers, netballers and supporters alike.