WHAT loomed as an intriguing battle between two unbeaten heavy weights at Heywood on Saturday now has South West District Football League followers asking one question; can anyone stop Dartmoor?
The Dartmoor Giants were too fast and too fit for the Lions in the top of the table clash, leaving just next week’s opponents, Coleraine, as the last likely real threat before the mid-way point of the season.
The Lions were good in patches of the match, getting on top in the centre clearances in the early stages of most of the quarters, but overall they were made to look second rate by the hard running and heavy pressuring Dartmoor side.
The Giants hit the scoreboard first through mercurial small forward Jason McCrae, who out-positioned younger opponent Luke Sartori consistently throughout the game in what should prove a valuable learning opportunity for the young Lions’ defender.
The Lions answered through Mick Wilson after another quick clearance out of the middle but it was not long before McCrae had his second to regain the lead for the Giants.
Heywood was working hard to win the ball forward but their momentum was only coming through contested footy, whereas when the Giants broke free of the packs it appeared there was little the Lions could do to slow their run.
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