FREELING has stormed into the top four after overcoming an inaccurate Angaston by eight goals in Barossa, Light & Gawler A-grade football on Saturday.
The Redlegs looked buoyed by their win over Willaston a week earlier, and came out firing to take a 10-point lead into quarter-time.
Freeling had plenty of opportunities to put Angaston away after the first break, but butchered the ball in front of goal, kicking 2.6, and led by just 20 points at the main break.
The Panthers hit back hard after half-time and came within a goal, but a costly turnover in the midfield allowed for a quick flurry of goals for the Redlegs.
Ben Heinrich was dominant in front of the big sticks for Freeling, and finished with six majors.
His side led by 28 points at three-quarter-time and never looked like being hunted down.
The Redlegs found another gear in the final term, and ran out comfortable winners.
Heinrich was Freeling’s best, while Dylan Whimpress and Josh Hand dominated in the midfield.
Brady Scott was the Redlegs’ only other multiple goal-kicker, with two.
Angaston coach Paul Sherwood was left frustrated postmatch.
“It was an important game, I was a bit disappointed with it,” he said.
“The last quarter we couldn’t get near them.
“We were really inaccurate, which was an issue, just our efficiency with that last kick inside 50 – we used the ball well around the field, but that hurt us, it has been a problem for a little bit.
“All in all, we had some good momentum in that third quarter, then a bad turnover and then they got a goal.
“We’ve just got to get back on the track and work.”
James Paprotny was the Panthers’ best, and Sherwood was pleased with his performance.
“James was good, he certainly helped us back into the game in the third term, he was pretty solid,” he said.
Angaston will also be without its captain, Jack Miles, for a period of time, after he injured his hamstring in the defeat.