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Lions look to strike a balance

Belmont Lions coach Ash Witney (krockfootball.com.au Image/Darren Phillips)

FIRST-year Belmont Lions coach Ash Witney is confident his team has found the balance between attack and defence as it returns from the interleague break with a crucial clash against high-flying Winchelsea.

After pushing reigning premier Bell Post Hill to 13 points in the opening round, the Lions were disappointing in losing the Mark Lomas Shield clash against East Geelong in Round 2, before copping a 165-point hiding from Inverleigh in Round 3.

“We had a good review after the East Geelong game, and I think some guys might have got ahead of themselves,” Witney said.

“Because it was a bit of a challenge first game, everyone was up and about, and we got a good flow on and moved the footy well.

“The defensive side of the game, I really hammered into them after the game because that’s what let us down a couple of times in the Bell Post Hill game.

“Then we went too far the other way against East Geelong and the game the following week against Inverleigh.”

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Witney is confident after wins over Corio and Anakie, and a loss to Geelong West that could be blamed on inaccurate kicking for goal (the Lions had two more scoring shots), in the three weeks leading up to the break, they’re well positioned for a crack at the Blues, who have won five consecutive games after losing to the Giants in Round 1.

“They’re obviously going well and they’re well coached, but we definitely see it as a game we can win, 100 percent.

“We go into every game thinking we can win if we play our best footy.

“But it’s just putting it together for four quarters is what’s cost us so far this year.”

The Lions look set to welcome back Mitch Boal for his first game since Round 4, however Tyler Jones and Jack Baker will both be missing through suspension.

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