Despite three quarters of below-par football the East Ulverstone coach Josh Horton is still talking NWFA finals football after the Crows’ narrow defeat of Spreyton at Maidstone Park on Saturday.
The four premiership points kept East within sight of a top-five finish courtesy of their match-winning last quarter when they outscored Spreyton to win 13.5 (83) to 9.12 (66) after leading by just three points at the last change.
Horton said it was a must-win game ahead of a season-defining month of football.
“After today’s results we’re are in a three-way contest with Turners Beach and Rosebery Toorak for an elimination final spot,” he said.
Hopes of a coveted top-three finish and a double chance were all but dashed for Turners Beach, after their second half fade out against Motton Preston.
Just 10 points in arrears at the main break, the Seagulls floundered against the visitors as Liam Clarke with six goals led the charge in Motton Preston’s 19.20 (134) to 10.9 (69) win.
The other two games of the round ended in two predictable results.
Rosebery Toorak brushed aside Sheffield to win by an impressive 108 points which allows them to maintain their position in the top five.
Meanwhile full forward Nick Morgan with 10 goals led the unrelenting onslaught for the unbeaten ladder leader Forth against a hapless West Ulverstone, in the Magpies’ massive 276-point win.