Hanwood White see off the challenge of West Griffith

EVADING TACKLES: Wests' Thomas King tries his hardest to spin out of the Hanwood defence in their 5-1 loss. PHOTO: Liam Warren
EVADING TACKLES: Wests' Thomas King tries his hardest to spin out of the Hanwood defence in their 5-1 loss. PHOTO: Liam Warren

A more convincing second half display from Hanwood White has seen them come away 5-1 winners over West Griffith.

The sides were evenly matched in the first half, however, Hanwood were able to step up a gear and kick clear as the game wore on.

The second half performance was much more pleasing for coach Jason Bertacco.

“We are a work in progress at the moment,” he said.

“I think we scrapped pretty well in that first half where we got into a bit of trouble and a bit of a lull.

“To scrape through these games is a positive and keep picking up the points early in the year it is a positive to this group to keep them moving forward.”

It was the sides ability to run out the game which made the difference as they created a plethora of chances late in the match.

“That last 10-15 we really kept going at the same level so our fitness we have been working on,” he said.

“It is good that it is working in our favour in these games, but we know come the pointy end where everyone is at the same level of fitness.

“It is going to come down to that killer instinct in front of goal, so we have a bit of work to do.”

Daniel Johnson was at his destructive best and at the end of the game made the most of the tiring Wests defence as he ended up with four goals for the afternoon.

“Him being up top and as a focal point it is good he is finishing off the goals it gives a bit of confidence to the boys,” he said.

“We missed plenty of chances though so as a group we have to work on that in training. 

“We probably squandered a good 10 or 12 there is a bit of work to do.”

Even with the four goals, Johnson was not the standout for Bertacco.

“For me Demetrio Torino he was a standout,” he said.

“He was winning a lot of balls and doing a lot of the work that goes unnoticed, so he was defiantly a standout for us today.”

For Wests, their only goal came from Micheal Walker who found himself in space after James Raccanello played a ball in behind the Hanwood defence.

Both sides had chances throughout the game however it was their finishing which let them down.

At times Wests didn’t help themselves where on multiple occasions the defence was waiting for an offside call which didn’t come and they were bailed out by keeper Jarrod Savage.

In the late stages of the game, Hanwood’s Jordan Beltrame had a couple of chances however on multiple occasions both with head and with his feet but was unable to trouble Savage in Wests goal.