Wallan’s Todd Muldoon pictured here fending off Romsey tackler Aaron Paterson during the Mapgies’ 83-point win in round one of the 2021 season.

WALLAN will meet Riddell in a top-of-the-table Riddell Football Netball League clash on Saturday after easily disposing of Diggers Rest at the weekend.

The Magpies will take top form into their clash with the Bombers after downing the Burras 28.17 (185) to 6.7 (43) in a stunningly lopsided result.

The victory surpassed the expectations of even Wallan’s coaches, as it had been 20 years since the Magpies had beaten Diggers Rest on the road.

Assistant coach Spencer Mathieson said it was a confidence-boosting result.

“Diggers is one of the hardest places to win at and we hadn’t done it in 20 years,” he said.

“To win and play the footy we did was very satisfying. It was great for our players to see our game style hold up. Our ball use and run was superb.

“Even though we won well, it’s only round six, and to get carried away with the win would be foolish. We know Diggers will be a different proposition later in the season.

“We need to continue to improve and back up the performance against Riddell this week, who are undefeated and on top of the ladder.”

With contributors all over the field it was hard to pick the Magpies’ best, but eight goals to forward Matt Perri made him a standout, while Jesse Davies, Stevie Boyall, Corey Grindlay, Patrick Mahoney and Ben Schraven all put their stamp on the game.

Romsey also enjoyed a road win at the weekend, downing Melton Centrals 14.17 (101) to 7.7 (49).

Captain Nathan Blair showed his leadership qualities with three goals, while youngster Connor Lever played arguably his best game of the season for the Redbacks.

Lancefield is still in search of its second win after going down 15.17 (107) to 3.4 (22) in a road game against Macedon.

A seven-goals-to-none first quarter effectively ended the game, and while Lancefield was able to restrict Macedon’s scoring thereafter, it struggled to kick goals of its own.

Thomas Keaney, Jamie Newell, Lukas Fellows and Matt Collard were among the Tigers’ best performers.

Lancefield will be on the road again to Woodend-Hesket this weekend, while Romsey will look to shore up a top-four spot, when it hosts the winless Western Rams.

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