'Ugly' win for Northern Bombers

NORTH L'TON 14.13 (97)

HOBART CITY 6.15 (51)

NORTH Launceston's first trip to Hobart for the season ended in a comfortable 46-point victory at North Hobart yesterday.

Playing against Hobart City, coach Zane Littlejohn admitted the Northern Bombers ``had won ugly'' but had got the job done.

The win has put North Launceston into second place on the State League ladder behind Clarence, although that could change today when the Western Storm plays Launceston at Windsor Park.

``With Glenorchy getting beaten it has given us a two-game buffer which is a good position to be in,'' he said.

Littlejohn said the win had been achieved by an even spread of good players across most lines but he was quick to praise the efforts of midfielder Taylor Whitford, rover Allan O'Sign and defender Geoff Mohr.

``I thought they were clearly our best three on the day,'' he said.

Whitford was forever busy in the midfield, while O'Sign, on the comeback after missing a month of football with hamstring and ankle soreness, top scored for the Northern Bombers with five goals.

``Mohr played his best game for the season for us down back and set up a lot of our attacking moves.''

The team's only casualty was Ethan Goldfinch who received an elbow to the eye and required treatment but Littlejohn is confident he will prove his fitness for the next game against Devonport at the Devonport Oval next Saturday.

Littlejohn says a win over Devonport is important as teams have a bye the week after when Tasmania plays the NEAFL at Bellerive.


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