Ipswich Knights striker Trent Griffiths makes a valuable impact returning from injury in yesterday’s 4-0 win.
Ipswich Knights striker Trent Griffiths makes a valuable impact returning from injury in yesterday’s 4-0 win. Sarah Harvey

Brothers target Knights

HE'LL probably need 15 or 20 more goals to be up with his brother at the end of the Division 1 season.

However, Andy Drager made the most of his opportunity yesterday as the Ipswich Knights completed a much-needed 4-0 victory over Rocklea United.

With brother Peter away after getting married, Andy stepped into the number one goal-scoring role to net his team's opening two at Bundamba.

A fine finish by busy Ben Hunt and a well-deserved fourth goal by classy striker Trent Griffiths sealed a vital three points for the Knights.

Being the Knights' first game in a month, the home side was desperate to regain some winning form.

Normally playing a more defensive role, right flanker Drager led the effort with powerful runs nearly as fast as Peter.

"It was the first time ever," Andy said of netting a double.

"It's good to get some attacking in. I think it was more a case of someone playing right back so I had a chance to go right wing."

Drager said focusing on attack allowed him to "have more gas in the tank to make big sprints".

Last year's Football Brisbane Golden Boot winner Peter is away for three weeks, giving Andy more chances to press forward in coming games.

"Hopefully the coach can keep me out there and I can put a few more away," Drager said.

Everyone contributed in yesterday's game, the Knights' third win from seven matches.

Nick Parfitt was tidy as sweeper, Alex Anderson saved a ball off the line and captain Stephen Hughes impressed in his midfield role.

He provided excellent ball to Griffiths and Wayne Adams who was strong in his new first-team role.

"Winning is a bit of a habit so hopefully we can keep it going," said Drager, 27.

"Everyone is a bit more relieved than anything. We knew we had it in us."

Drager was thrilled to see Griffiths back in the team after groin and hamstring injuries.

He said Adams did well playing a whole game after coming out of a brief retirement to continue this season.

Co-coach Mitch Cattermole was heartened by "a much better performance" after a lengthy break.

"We were a bit worried about the fitness and I think at the end we saw that with a few boys going down with cramp," Cattermole said. "But we did the business.

"We've got a lot of games coming up in a row and that might be a good thing for us hopefully."

In the curtain-raiser, the Knights Reserves lost their first game of the season in going down 2-1 to Rocklea.



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