Singleton Roosters to travel to Gosford for must win senior clash

ON THE RUN: Sam Howard pictured in the first term of Singleton's last clash with Gosford in Round 8 this year.
ON THE RUN: Sam Howard pictured in the first term of Singleton's last clash with Gosford in Round 8 this year.

The equation is simple for Singleton's senior AFL side this weekend.

If the Roosters can hold off Gosford in tomorrow's sixth vs. seventh clash then they could just about secure their finals spot assuming Wyong Lakes can cater for the Maitland Saints up the road.

And you really couldn't ask for a more motivating scenario for the side's selected 22 according to returning defender Oliver Moody.

"The ultimate goal for every football club is to play finals footy so it's really encouraging and motivating to see that we're starting to string a couple of wins together," Moody told the Singleton Argus.

"With some really good football we should be able to add to that tally this weekend and (perhaps) go into fifth spot (presuming Newcastle City defeat Warner's Bay)."

The line-up has certainly come a long way in three weeks.

The Singleton Roosters were unable to register a single major in Moody's return match against Terrigal Avoca last month.

The absences of playing coach Andrew Scott, Zach Bray, Matthew Cornelius, Sam Brasington, Jackson Kolatchew, Jacob Welsh, Jesse Bates, Cameron Saunders, Richard Wilkes, Simione Corfe and Luke Draper (to name a few) would see Troy Bowditch, Lachlan Foote and Joel Deacon all step up for their first senior appearance for season 2019.

By the end of the afternoon, the undermanned line-up had averaged 137-point defeats from their most recent four away match-ups.

Yet the Singleton men would pull off a 214-point turnaround the following week when conquering Wyong Lakes 14.23 (107) to 2.9 (21) before a vocal home crowd.

They then secured their first away victory for the season by registering seven unanswered goals in the final term of their 76-point win over Maitland.

"I can't really fault any of the 22 that played on the weekend, but I thought Chiz (Scott) and Messi (Cameron White) were huge for us," Moody explained.

"They're the first blokes to put their body on the line and bust their gut and their ability to win the ball and get us into commanding positions throughout the game is up there with the best in the league.

"When you have guys like that playing on your team its really easy to follow suit and step up to the challenge because you know they're going to give you 100% every time."

Singleton surrendered a late 28-point lead to Gosford when the two sides met in Round 8 only to be saved by a heroic Will Brayshaw goal in the game's dying stages.

It would be the second time in three years the two sides would be separated by a kick.

And there's every chance this weekend's game will also go down to the wire as the Tigers hope to end an eight game losing streak.

"It's a big away trip to Gosford this week but it's looking like once again we should have our strongest side in," Moody concluded.

"We had some fresh faces come into the team at the start of the year which definitely saw the dynamic shift a little, but those guys have really come a long way and with some old faces back in the squad we're starting to look really tight as a unit."