ECHUCA UNITED’S A grade narrowly escaped with its eighth win at the weekend.
While the expectations were for a comfortable win at home, the reality was somewhat different with the Eagles scraping through by six goals in the end against Barooga at Echuca South Recreation Reserve.
After starting the second quarter with an eight-goal lead, the Hawks slowly made their way into the game to give the Eagles a scare.
United took a major step back from recent games and had almost returned to its form from the start of the season in struggling to string together consistent passages of play.
Coach Elle Florance said the Eagles had underestimated their opposition and would not be taking any games lightly for the rest of the season.
She said it was one of those days where every was off at the one time and they were lucky to come out on top.
‘‘We’ll take the four points where we can, but we were definitely expecting to win by more,’’ she said.
‘‘It was probably a good wake-up call that wins won’t be handed to us on a silver platter.
‘‘We’ll need to work hard for every ball if we want to keep winning.’’
United had to make a few changes to its defence end on Saturday with Tilly Keenan taking on the GK role in the absence of Amy Gledhill.
Klarindah Hudson-Proctor played out the game in goal defence and won a lot of the ball in the first quarter to create a solid lead 10-2.
The Hawks outscored them in the second quarter 10 goals to eight to trail by six at half-time.
The wheels came off in the third with United scoring just five goals for the term.
Barooga defenders Sarah Bruce and Kristie Primmer worked tirelessly to give the team opportunities.
But it was United’s own mistakes which let them down and by three-quarter time their lead had diminished to three goals, 23-20.
They regained some composure in the final term to hold on for the win 37-31.
‘‘There were some positive passages of play though overall it was a pretty disappointing game,’’ Florance said.
‘‘It’s definitely a step back from last week and we’ll need to train hard this week and play better in the next couple of games.
‘‘We didn’t have the same confident talk up going into the game (on Saturday) and will change that for this week.
‘‘With the changes to our defence we needed to step up and work together as a team and that didn’t happen.’’
Florance said Barooga were underestimated by a lot of teams this season and it wouldn’t surprise her to see them start winning some more games.
Even without a huge percentage boosting game the Eagles have moved into second in the ladder after Numurkah lost to Moama at the weekend.
United’s defence has ensured it’s stayed above Tongala on the ladder with a lot fewer opposition goals scored against the side.