Brother, it's so close for spot
BROTHERS Aston Villa have kept their faint finals hopes alive, salvaging a 2-2 draw with Across The Waves on Saturday night.
Down 2-1 at half-time and under relentless pressure from a dominant Waves, Villa did what their opponents couldn’t and found the back of the net.
The result leaves both teams on 21 points in equal fourth, with Waves ahead on goal difference.
For Brothers to progress they need to draw or win against Moore Park next Saturday and rely on either Waves to lose their final two games or Bingera to lose to Diggers next weekend.
While it sounds near impossible, current form would indicate that none of these outcomes are out of the question.
Across The Waves face Moore Park tomorrow night – always a tough game – before a rematch with North Bundaberg on Saturday.
North Bundaberg is arguably the form team of the competition and beat Waves in their last encounter.
Meanwhile, Diggers remain unbeaten and will start heavy favourites to knock over Bingera next weekend to complete their perfect Archem League normal season.
“We’re still alive and kicking, but only just,” Villa player-coach Peter Bock said.
“It’s all pretty confusing at the moment, but basically a few things can happen to get us in. We just need to get a result against Moore Park first and foremost.”
The coach was proud of his young team’s ability to scramble in defence and not concede a goal in the second half.
“Waves dominated, but they couldn’t finish,” he said.
“We did our best at the back to make it hard for them, but they just couldn’t find the goal.”
Kyle Taylor was the man credited for the equalising fourth goal, flicking one in after a free kick was not cleared properly.
“It was a bit of good fortune but we’ll take it. They are a good side, but our young kids did well to match up with them on Saturday.”
Josh McInnes scored Brothers’ other goal.
Bock returned to the field despite nursing strained hamstrings.
“If we weren’t in the mix for finals I wouldn’t have considered it. But I’m pretty sore today,” he said.
In other games Alloway were relegated to the bottom of the table by the rampaging North Bundaberg.
A hat-trick to Timothy Dash and two to Warren Brough gave them a 5-0 win.
Diggers kept their unbeaten season alive, but only just, in a 1-0 defeat of Moore Park.
Archem Premier League
ATW 2 drew Brothers AV 2
Norths 5 def Alloway 0
Diggers 1 def Moore Park 0