Anglesea kept its pursuit of a top two finish well and truly alive with a hard-fought 17-point victory over a dangerous Modewarre side at home on Saturday.
A slow start didn’t do too much harm for the hosts, taking control around the ground after quarter time to secure the 10.12 (72) to 7.13 (55) victory.
Without star forward Jordan Erskine because of a one-week suspension, the Seas took a while to adjust with their forward line entries easily rebounded in the first quarter as two Warrior goals opening up a 15-point lead at the first break.
It wasn’t until the second quarter for the hosts to find a forward combination that worked with key back Dale Carson pushed up the ground to provide a big target and he rewarded the coach with one goal.
Future majors to Jack and senior debutant Darcy Elliott and the visitors being held to two behinds gave the Seas a five-point advantage at the long break.
With the newly found confidence from the second term, the Seas continued to pile on the pressure as Carson, Blake Grant, Dale Kerr and Dyson Bell-Warren all goaled to extend the lead to a comfortable 18 points at the last change.
The Warriors threatened at multiple times in the final term, but two more goals to Grant and one to Lewis Beers kept the visitors at an arm’s length.
Kerr was immense in the middle of the park in a best on ground performance, while Beers, Nathan Lynch, Grant, Tom Steven and Bell-Warren were crucial in the victory.
The Seas will be looking for revenge when they travel to Harold Hamer Oval to face Barwon Heads, who claimed an 18-point victory at Anglesea in round 2.
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