GOLDEN Square coach Nick Carter has described his side’s 51-point win over Maryborough as a “step in the right direction”.
The 15.14 (104) to 8.5 (53) victory was the sixth-placed Bulldogs third of the season and set up a mouth-watering clash with fifth-placed Eaglehawk next Sunday.
“It was good to get the win and a good way for the guys to get some confidence,’’ Carter said.
“A few of the younger guys stepped up. Jimmy Molinaro was one of those, he probably played his best game for the season.
“Overall, it was a step in the right direction for us.”
Defender Jon Coe was outstanding for the Bulldogs.
His courage to back into packs and clean-up across half-back was instrumental in the win.
Young midfielder Jack Daley and ruckman Matt Compston continued their good form.
Steve Harris stepped up for the Dogs in attack, kicking four goals.
Corey Jones showed he was a step closer to his best form. He spent most of the game in the midfield and kicked three goals.
Maryborough’s work ethic couldn’t be questioned, but the Magpies just don’t have the class to match the top five sides over four quarters.
Tyson MacIlwain worked tirelessly, Evan Hurse was busy and Lachlan Edwards continued his strong early season form.
The Magpies never gave up, outscoring the Bulldogs in the final quarter.
Matt Bond was the Magpies best forward, kicking three goals, while teenager Billy Mahony bobbed up with two goals.
The Magpies return home next Saturday where they will fancy their chances of winning their first game of the season against South Bendigo.