THE forced absence of an out-and-out striker has paved the way for Rangers co-captain Isaac Slater to shoot the Jones Oval club to a season-defining triumph.
Warrnambool was without striker Ryan Bail for a five-hour round trip to Bacchus Marsh on Sunday, leaving Slater to shoulder forward duties with Michael Loughhead.
Slater slotted four goals to play a key role in Rangers’ eventual 6-1 thrashing of the ninth-placed side.
Warrnambool mentor Cameron Pyke said his side was starting to build a solid team attack in the hope of spreading the goalscoring load.
“We went in against Bacchus Marsh with a plan to implement things we’ve been practicing at training, including the balance between our defence and attack,” Pyke said.
“We haven’t conceded a lot of goals this season so we’ve been looking to get people forward into attack.
We haven’t conceded a lot of goals this season so we’ve been looking to get people forward into attack.Cameron Pyke
“Isaac (Slater) went up a bit higher and he and Michael Loughhead wreaked a bit of havoc and got themselves into the game.”
Rangers are now placed third leading into their round six clash at home with Daylesford on Sunday.