DIGGERS wasted no time establishing dominance over a clearly outclassed Alloway in a 4-1 defeat on Saturday.
Coach Nathan Darlington applauded the efforts of strikers Paul Barlow and Nick Maas in the victory, but was critical of his team's defence.
“There were defensive problems right across the park and I think the boys could have stepped up a bit more,” he said.
“I'm happy with the result, but I'm looking for the boys to lift a bit as we head towards finals.”
Barlow scored the first goal for the competition leaders in the opening minute of the game setting the tone for a heart-breaking afternoon at Marten's Oval for Alloway.
Barlow formed a formidable combination with Nick Maas at the front.
Maas made light work of his opposition breaking through for two goals in the first half and a third in the second.
The win was Diggers' 12th straight victory and puts the team ahead of the second-placed Moore Park by 16 points.
While the team is virtually assured of the minor premiership, Darlington said there was plenty of work to be done, if his team was to emerge from the Archem competition victorious.
“We've been getting good results, but we still need to work on a few things to get ready for finals football,” he said.
“It's a different ball game entirely.”