CHFL: Efficient Magpies clean up the Saints

Clunes 22.9 (141)

Carngham Linton 16.10 (106)

CLUNES was able to shake-off a determined early challenge from Carngham-Linton to record a comfortable 35-point win on Saturday.

Both sides kicked six goals apiece in the first term before Simon Calbert and Mark Dorward combined for 10 goals to put the game well and truly beyond the Saints’ reach.

Carngham-Linton entered the second term with the wind at its backs but, despite having the lion’s share of possession, was unable to make any real impact on the scoreboard.

In contrast, Clunes grabbed every opportunity with both hands and had taken the ascendency by half time.

The margin sat at 28 points at three quarter time and Carngham Linton was within striking distance, but four of the first six goals for Clunes in the final term killed the game off.

In the end, it was the efficiency of Clunes and the ill-discipline of Carngham-Linton that separated the two sides.

The most glaring example occurred in the third term; the Saints had one extra man in the centre square and from the resulting free kick ex-Saint Jason Hill converted to quell yet another charge from the men in red, white and black.

Clunes coach Justin Johns, who kicked two goals of his own, was pleased that his sides’ strong play had been rewarded with a convincing victory.

Hill had an exceptional day in the midfield along with Nick Buscombe and Glenn Handley, whilst Jayden Hind booted five majors of his own.

The twin towers of Calbert and Dorward, complimented by Marty Robinson’s strong play in the first half, will cause Skipton and Springbank issues in the coming weeks.

Justin O’Brien kicked four and provided a focal point for the Saints, whilst ex-Lakers trio Tim Miller and the Pring brothers, Nathan and Jake, all threatened to do some damage at one time or another.

Clunes’ Mark Dorward (pictured) combined with Simon Calbert for a 10 goal haul in the second term that put the game out of Carngham Linton’s reach.

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