A HAT-TRICK by Nanango forward Sam Graley silenced Barambah, which looked out of the game from the blow of the whistle in the second division clash.

Graley contributed half of the goals in the 6-0 thrashing at Wondai on Saturday afternoon with his first hat-trick of the season.

Despite the big score card, Nanango did not play particularly well but, more often than not, won the 50-50 chances and passed the ball a lot better.

But there were glimpses of greatness by Nanango.

The set up for Graley's final goal was a sharp piece of work by both goalkeeper Kieran Mangan and Graley.

"Kieran hit it (the ball) and set up back there and I controlled it," Graley said.

As Graley brought down the ball he found himself one-on-one with Barambah glove man Matthew Hasking, whom he easily beat to slot the ball in the back of the net.

This win helped propel Nanango further into the competition as the side vies for the top spot on the ladder in the hotly- contested second division.

Nanango stand-in coach Steve Mangan said the result was highly favourable and a bit of a morale booster ahead of its next game against Wests at the weekend.

"Six-nil against the possible premiers, we did a good job," he said. "Our forwards drew a lot of attention."

Mangan also credited the backline, particularly intimidating centre back Dave Ashby who aided in Nanango's clean sheet.

"David Ashby was very good in the back line," he said.

Mangan pointed out Ashby stirred fear among Barambah's attack.

Barambah forwards showed some grit in moments of the match and were not afraid to shove for the ball.

But Mangan said no Barambah player could out-muscle Ashby.

"No one shoved Dave," he said.

The underwhelming performance by Barambah was a concern for skipper Chris O'Loughlin.

O'Loughlin said Barambah lacked all sense of motivation out on the park.

From the sideline it was evident Barambah was struggling at the weekend as their heads dropped further and further each time they lost the ball.

O'Loughlin said Barambah would need to inject "a little more energy" against Gunners at the weekend if they were to stand a chance of winning.

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