ORANGE Waratahs reserve grade coach Brad Apps expects Barnstoneworth to feature come semi-final time in the Western Premier League competition.
Apps made this assessment after the two Orange sides met in their reserve grade match on Sunday with Waratahs having to come from behind for a 3-1 victory.
Barnstoneworth, who have joined the WPL competition this season in reserve grade, led 1-0 at the break before Waratahs fought back.
“Barnies will definitely finish in the top three,” Apps said.
“They’re a good side. It’s good for Orange.”
Barnstoneworth were the stronger side in the opening half.
Waratahs, who claimed the 2011 reserve grade title, turned in a stronger performance in the second half but Apps said there was still plenty of improvements to be made.
“Complacency is a big issue, especially after the success we had last year,” Apps explained.
“At least this game was a bit of a reality check.
“I was happy with the guys’ spirit in the second half, their hunger and determination not to let the first half happen again.”
Scott Brakenridge opened the scoring for Waratahs in the second half when he converted from an indirect free kick.
Michael Collison gave ’Tahs a 2-1 advantage when his header found the back of the net.
Michael Sallese assured the victory when he pounced on a loose ball in the box to score.
Things will only get tougher for Waratahs as they take on Westside Panthers this Sunday in Dubbo.
Barnstoneworth will have this Sunday off after Orana Spurs withdrew from the reserve grade competition.