THE Gerringong Breakers recorded their fourth straight Shoalhaven Football victory on Saturday, when they thumped Illaroo 6-1 at Sharman Park.
Kane Rowe led the charge for the Breakers, scoring two goals and taking his tally to eight goals in his past five games.
James Packham, Robert Franks, Luke Nolan and Josh Maranesi also found the back of the net for the visitors, who handed the Roos their fourth consecutive loss – despite one goal from Sam Leedham.
“I was very happy with how all the boys played on Saturday – it was a good mix of youthful enthusiasm and experience,” Breakers coach Jadon Lavington said.
“With that being said, I think out attitude won the game for us.
“Despite missing a penalty and some early chances, it didn’t faze the boys and they just knuckled down and got on with the job at hand.”
It’s this attitude which Lavington believes is the catalyst to their recent form spike.
“We’ve had pressure on us from our successes during the past couple of seasons,” he said.
“But it’s good to see us now taking it game by game and not worrying about those external factors.”
While Rowe was the star on the score sheet , Lavington highlighted the play of a number of his young stars.
“The play of Michael Thistlethwaite and Doug Davison in recent weeks has been great and I expect it to only get better,” he said.
Elsewhere in round 11, St Georges Basin bounced back from their last round defeat to Manyana, by defeating Milton-Ulladulla 4-1 at Lighthouse Oval.
Paul Cubbo’s troops used goals from Connor MacQueen (two), Jake Moffatt and Tyrone Nye-Williams to top the Panthers, who’s lone goal was scored by Ivan Katusa.
This win by the Dragons sees them move to just three points behind fourth placed Hukisson-Vincentia, who smashed Shoalhaven Heads-Berry 5-nil at Vic Zealand Oval.
Braces from both Gary Neimeier and Jayden Lee, plus a fifth from Alex Boardman, set up the commanding win for the Seagulls.
Sitting five points ahead of the Seagulls are the second placed Culburra Cougars, who edged out Shoalhaven United 4-3.
At Culburra Oval, goals from Dougie Gray (two), Corey Ryan and Shane Cooke secured all three points for the hosts, despite goals from Shane Button, Kaine Good and Matt Lewis from the penalty spot.
The final game of the weekend ended in a nil-all draw between Manyana and Sussex Seahawks at Manyana Sports Field.
Reigning premiers and league leaders Bomaderry had the bye in round 11.