Richard Fitzsimmons takes the ball forward for Orana Spurs first grade against Orange Waratahs. The visitors won 8-0 but earlier in the day Spurs under-18s were magnificent in their 3-2 victory after Jake Ferguson scored all three goals.A magnificent hat-trick of goals from Jake Ferguson has kept alive the semi-final hopes of Orana Spurs under-18s after a 3-2 victory at the expense of Orange Waratahs.
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While Dubbo Bulls maintained their place on top of the Orana Mutual Credit Union Premier League ladder with a 2-1 win over Westide Panthers on Saturday afternoon, Canobolas Rangers also announced that they will be serious premiership contenders by shutting out Lithgow Workies by one solitary goal in Orange.

Spurs’ coach Steve Tongue said his side’s 1-1 draw with Panthers the previous week lifted the spirits of his boys for their clash with Waratahs.

“The side was a lot more focused on Sunday and I think that had to do with the confidence boosting draw with Panthers last week. We did have a couple of defensive lapses on Sunday that will need to be fixed up but we were really happy with the win,” he said.

“I’d like to think we can continue our momentum through to the finals and nail fourth and even third place.

“We’ve got a tough game on the road to Rangers this weekend but we have Dillon Triplett coming back from suspension so he will will stiffen up our defensive pattern.”

Tongue was delighted to see Ferguson scored three goals against Waratahs and they came at the right time.

The visitors led 1-0 at halftime but Ferguson evened it up soon after and Spurs hit the front with his double not long after.

However the game was tied up again before Ferguson bagged the winning goal 10 minutes from the end.

A feature of the Spurs’ effort was the energetic efforts of midfielders Les Usher and Chris Taylor, who worked together as a team with speed outside them on the edges through Josh Barlow and Joel Tongue.

The Spurs’ coach insists that Dubbo Bulls are the side to beat and their record of six wins and two losses from 10 games does show that.

Unfortunately Spurs went down 1-0 in second grade and 8-0 in first grade.

“We’re going through a rebuilding phase with first grade having lost quite a few senior players,” Tongue said.

“I couldn’t give the boys enough praise for their first half performance on Sunday when we trailed by two. However we had quite a few players backing up from 18s and seconds and the legs got weary.

“Second grade were a bit unlucky. We held them till late in the game when our defence broke down giving them the winning goal.”

This weekend is round 11 with Westside Panthers away to Lithgow Workies; Bulls travel to Waratahs and Spurs are at home to Canobolas Rangers in all three games starting at 11am at Lady Cutler 4.

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