Redbacks bite Mt Barker to narrow gap at the top

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North Albany's Alex Bott.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Alex Bott. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

North Albany closed the gap to a single point on ladder leaders Manypeaks after their impressive fightback against Mt Barker last Saturday in round 7 of the Albany Retravision Lower Great Southern Hockey Association men’s A-grade competition.

Mt Barker scored first in the contest through some smart finishing work from Harry Barbour as his side were in pursuit of their first points of the season.

The Redbacks were able to wrestle back control of the fixture, however, led by Alex Bott and Travis Douglas.

Mt Barker's Hayden Mills gets past North Albany's Pieter Coetzee and Brett Fallon.
Camera IconMt Barker's Hayden Mills gets past North Albany's Pieter Coetzee and Brett Fallon. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Goals to Brett Fallon, Damon Simpson and Ashley Eikelboom helped turned the scoreline in the Redbacks’ favour as they emerged 3-1 winners in the end.

Youngster Pieter Coetzee provided plenty of drive for his side, Bott was resolute in the back half and Douglas played well as the Redbacks secured a fifth win.

North Albany's Pieter Coetzee focuses on the ball.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Pieter Coetzee focuses on the ball. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Elijah Wesley, Hayden Mills and Hayden Macmahon were among the best players for Mt Barker but their winless start to the season continued.

The result was significant for the Redbacks as they moved within a point of the first-placed Peaks, who lost their round 7 fixture.

Mt Barker's Martyn Croft gets past North Albany's Damon Simpson.
Camera IconMt Barker's Martyn Croft gets past North Albany's Damon Simpson. Credit: Albany Advertiser

In an exciting encounter against Spencer Park-Tigers, Peaks were unable to add to their winning streak. Spencer Park-Tigers goalie Antony Payne was brilliant in the 3-2 win as he held Peaks at bay on the last line while classy pair Sam Brown and Jack Dawson were also highly influential.

Matt Stevens was busy for Peaks but his side fell to their first defeat of the 2019 campaign.

The table is extremely tight after seven rounds of the women’s A-grade competition following Spencer Park’s gritty 1-0 triumph over Peaks on Saturday night.

A sole strike from exciting talent Jorja Williamson proved the difference as Park won their second game of the season.

Four teams now have two wins, leaving one point separating the second-placed Redbacks and Park, who are at the foot of the table.

Vikings and Redbacks shared the points in their clash, as two goals from Nicole Spinks were cancelled out by Lorissa Ferrell and Tully Joy, who both found the back of the net for Vikings.

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