Cobram Roar produced its most complete performance of the AWFA season, smashing ladder leaders Boomers 4-0 in Albury.
While the Roar have been inconsistent at times, they have shown enough in the early rounds to suggest on their day they can match it with any team in the league.
Coach Bill Puckett said his team’s defensive performance was just as pleasing as its attacking.
‘‘When I was planning for the game, the main thing I was drumming into the players was the need to keep a clean sheet. Anything on top of that would have been a bonus,’’ Puckett said.
‘‘It is something we haven’t been able to do over the past few weeks and we’ve been leaking goals.’’
Import Greg Simmons provided the match highlight, striking a venomous shot from 35m to give the Boomers’ keeper no chance.
Puckett said the star attacking midfielder was starting to find his groove in his new environment.
‘‘He’s gotten better each game and he’ll continue to get better with his progression of fitness and he’s still adjusting to the climate,’’ he said.
‘‘This is the first time he has had a real run of games, so he will only improve from here.’’
Puckett also reserved special praise for goalkeeper Zac McLeod, describing his performance as ‘‘superb’’ for a 16-year-old, and Sean Willis, who grabbed two goals in his first start for the senior side.
The Roar return to familiar territory this weekend when they take on Albury United at Cobram Showgrounds.
‘‘They have always been a tough team to play against and they are coming off a loss in a game I expected them to win against Twin City FC, so it will be an interesting match because we are coming off a high and they are looking to pick themselves up,’’ Puckett said.
Kick-off is at 3pm.