TOUGH ENCOUNTER: Horsham Saints on-baller Sam Clyne and Dimboola forward Lachie Exell will be important players when their sides clash on Saturday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERGround: Coughlin Park, Horsham, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Last time they met: Round 8, 2014. Horsham Saints 19.16 (130) d Dimboola 14.12 (96).

DIMBOOLA coach Stuart Farr believes his side can beat Horsham Saints on Saturday, despite its record against the Saints this season.

The reigning premier went down to last year’s grand finalist by 21 points in round one and 34 points in round eight.

“They’ve beaten us both times this year but we’re playing a lot better football now,” Farr said.

“I think it will be a pretty good contest.”

Farr said whichever team got on top in the middle was likely to claim the four points.

“Their midfield goes pretty deep,” he said.

“They’ve got the likes of Pat Knott, Nathan Clough, Sam Clyne – the list goes on.

“We’ve got Andrew Seers, Ryan Bell, Nigel Sibson and Tyler Blake playing well, so we’ve got a bit of depth as well.”

Skipper Al McKinnon’s return will boost the Roos’ on-ball brigade.

Farr said Tom Magee was a possible inclusion following ankle surgery, provided he got through training last night.

He said each player needed to work on winning their position.

“The Saints killed us with their spread last time,” he said.

“They’ve got a really even side and we need to tighten up our accountability.”

Both sides’ defenders will need to perform, with Dimboola pair Lachie Exell and Ash Clugston and Saints gun Gavin Kelm leading the senior goal-kicking tally.

Shayne Breuer’s Saints are in scintillating form, but the stakes are much higher for Dimboola.

With Ararat the favourite to beat Nhill and Stawell in the final two rounds, the Roos need to beat the Saints or Minyip-Murtoa to secure a finals berth.

Breuer was unavailable forcomment.

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