Second plays fourth as the Gunnedah and District Bulldogs head to Inverell this weekend to try and shake off the damage done from their Nomads mauling last weekend.
The Bulldogs and the Nomads fight it out at Wolseley Park last Sunday.
The AFL side will take on the Inverell Saints from 2pm at Varley Oval in the fifth round of the Tamworth AFL competition.
With the Saints currently sitting in second position on the ladder, the road trip for the Bulldogs proves a steep mountain to climb in pursuit of their second win for the season.
Making matters worse for the Bulldogs is the Saints are coming off the back of a 202 point thumping at the hands of the Narrabri Eagles last round and will be brimming with confidence on their home turf.
Although chalking up a first round win over Moree Suns, the Bulldogs have had a tough time of it since.
A five point loss to the Kangaroos and last weekend’s 106 point loss to the Nomads have seen both matches precede bye weekends, making it hard for the Bulldogs to string together some form of continuity on a weekly basis.
On top of that inconvenience, this weekend will see the Bulldogs play the third of last season’s top three side’s midway through the first round of matches this season.
However the culture of the club is still upbeat and the side will be buoyed to have inspirational and representative captain Andrew George back this week.
He’ll take his place in the midfield, where it is expected he will team up with fellow representative midfielder Scott Hardy, and tagging rover Ollie Neader.
Coach Greg Piggot is hoping against a bigger team like the Saints that his side’s physical presence can have an influence on the match.
“Higgins was good last week and brought the ball to ground a lot,” Piggot said.
“He’s a big man and hard to move in the contest so he’ll be one of our main targets come Saturday.”
The coach also believes the form of full forward Howgate has been solid so far this season.
“He’s our leading goal scorer and is also a big target up front.
“Hopefully we can get a few inside 50’s Saturday and really use his height to our advantage,” Piggot said.
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