Roar make it two wins in a row

By Cobram Courier

Cobram Roar made it two wins on the bounce on Sunday against Wodonga Diamonds, securing a thrilling 3-2 victory at home in what was very much a danger game for the Roar.

Consistency has been a major issue for the Roar all season and coach Bill Puckett was pleased his side was finally able to notch two wins in succession.

‘‘We had numerous players out again, so we had to come together and try and gel as a team as best we could and I felt we really held or own,’’ Puckett said.

‘‘We were tested and they had a few chances to score in the first half.’’

The gaffer reserved special praise once again for rising goalkeeper Zac McLeod, who helped the Roar remain in the contest after a stern first half examination by the lowly-ranked Diamonds.

‘‘He really showed his ability to be a top keeper and helped to keep us in the game at 0-0 going into half-time,’’ Puckett said.

For Puckett, the win was extra sweet as it was his first game this season after suffering a nagging back injury.

He made a big difference to his young group and showed no signs of rust as he managed to jag a poacher’s finish to open the scoring.

‘‘I got the rebound off a blocked shot and managed to put it in, which was a bit of a trademark goal for myself,’’ he said.

One player who is on fire this season is striker Sean Willis and he found himself scoring goals once again, finding the back of the net twice in an accomplished display of tidy finishing.

Puckett said it was one of those games when it was hard to single out individual players.

He said he was proud of his young group’s performance in the face of adversity and many injuries.

‘‘We had our backs against the wall from the first minute, but every single player stood up and was counted,’’ he said.

‘‘I couldn’t be more proud of all the lads with the group we had on the weekend to get the three points against a team that is hard to break down.’’

The Roar travel to take on Twin City this weekend.