Clinton’s Jason Richardson and BTFC’s Matt Slow in a battle for the ball in the preliminary final on Sunday.
Clinton’s Jason Richardson and BTFC’s Matt Slow in a battle for the ball in the preliminary final on Sunday.

BTFC'S next goal is grand final

BTFC reaffirmed their minor premiership status with a 3-1 win over Clinton in their major semi-final clash on Sunday at home.

The victory grants BTFC automatic entry to the grand final in a fortnight where they will play the winner of the Valleys v Clinton preliminary final.

Clinton's Scott Rouse put the visitors in front early, but BTFC scored late in the half through captain Paul Blomfield and continued their momentum after the break with unanswered goals to Dominic Tanner and Terry West.

After a week of uncertainty regarding the minor premiership, BTFC coach Grant Nicholson said it was good to finally get on the park and put the drama, and their recent 4-0 loss to Clinton, behind them.

“We got embarrassed last time we played them, so we had a bit of a game plan; we played well and I think we dominated the game,” he said.

Nicholson said defence was an integral factor in reversing the result from their last encounter with the in-form Clinton.

“We're always good going forward; we've scored a lot of goals this year, but in that 4-0 loss we let a lot in so we worked really hard on defending well, clearing our line and getting to the ball first and I thought we did that really well,” he said.

Clinton turned in a disappointing all-round performance, according to coach Neil Hamilton

“BITS were better than us really,” he said.

Hamilton expects a stern test from Valleys next week after they beat Central in a penalty shootout in the minor semi-final.



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