A 4-1 win over Tumut saw Wagga United put one foot through the finals doorway but coach Travis Weir isn’t convinced his side are playing to their full potential.
Alec Hope stood tall in place of suspended skipper Lincoln Weir, donning the captain’s arm band and bagging a second half hat-trick to pull his side out of the fire on Sunday.
United led 1-0 at half time courtesy of a Ben Smith header but were surprised to find themselves locked up 1-all after an own goal.
Weir was pleased to eventually take the three points away without his brother or defender Prince Thompson (suspension) and cited strong games from Jacob Sadler-Knight and Liam Brown.
However, the coach stopped short of calling the result a “good win”.
It wasn’t a great game from us, in the end.Wagga United coach Travis Weir
“We had a few boys missing with suspension and Jack Schein and Nazar (Yousif) too ... but we lost our shape out there and we can still get better,” he said.
Hope’s performance drew plenty of praise, as did the defensive efforts of Tyler Allen
“Alec’s been a leader all year alongside Lincoln (Weir) and he stepped up with Tyler (Allen) having a good game at sweeper.
“He’s been really good for us and he’s a very versatile player.”
United can tighten their grip on a finals berth win a win over South Wagga this weekend.
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