THE ability to get a run of goals going helped Lincoln South to complete a comfortable win over Marble Range at Wangary on Saturday.
South kicked away in the first quarter, which set up the win, but Marble Range came at them in the second and third quarters, however South managed to string a run of goals together to maintain a winning buffer.
The Rangers had a number of players out including Todd Owen and Jacob Watson but did have new recruit Wes Bilney (Mallee Park) pull on a jumper.
The Eagles set up their game in the first quarter through their midfielders, who ran and ran to clear the ball from stoppages and centre bounces.
South always had more numbers at the ball and the Rangers gave too much space away.
South's goals came through Jay Williams and Jacob Harvey, whose skills on the run were impeccable, while Marble Range got goals through Wade Hansen and Bilney.
Marble Range manned up in the middle in the second quarter with immediate results.
The Rangers players started to get more of the ball and they kicked two goals through Matt Parker, following a good rebound from full back, and Wes Bilney, to get themselves in the game.
Marble Range's half back line worked overtime to keep South from scoring in the first part of the quarter and did well under considerable pressure, but then South came back with a five-goal blitz.
Damon Williams started the goal run with an opportunists goal in the square before Kyle Emery, Jay Williams, Delehay Miller and Harvey got in on the act to effectively take the game away from Marble Range.
Damon Williams could have made the pain worse but missed a relatively easy shot as South got back into gear and started to run as they had in the first quarter.
Marble Range just couldn't keep up with south, who seemed to have players streaming down the ground at every opportunity and at the long break South led 11-6 to 4-4.
Harvey, Jay Williams and Paul White were in fine touch for the Eagles while Matt Parker, Damon Scott and Brayden Calderwood were working hard for Marble Range.
The Rangers started well again in the third quarter and put the South defenders under a lot of pressure.
Brayden Calderwood kicked Marble Range's first goal but South got one straight back through Harvey. The game never really reached any great heights in the third and fourth terms with a lot of hard work going on in both sides' defences.
Marble Range did have a lot of the ball but the South defence held up well, allowing just one more goal for Marble Range through Parker after a free and Aaron Castley kicked one of the easier goals after an errant kick across South's goal by the Marble Range defence.
A "gentle" melee of sorts started at the end of the third quarter with just about every player involved in the pushing and shoving, but there wasn't a lot in it and both team broke away to their respective huddles.
South led 13-7 to 6-6 going into the last quarter.
Reece Bawden snapped South's only goal for the quarter in the first few minutes before Gurtin and Parker kicked goals for the Rangers.
Marble Range controlled most of the play for the quarter to finish with four goals, one more each going to Parker and Bilney, but South could manage only points, with an especially good one coming from John Sinclair, who snapped from a few metres out but hit the post.
South's best was Jacob Harvey but Paul White wasn't far behind; White played just behind the play and was instrumental in setting South up. Bradyn Traeger and Jay Williams also performed well.
Matt Parker stood out for the Rangers - he ran and ran all day, Brayden Calderwood was good and Damon Scott mopped up in defence.