Back to the basics best
THE Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats were brought back down to earth with a 3-1 loss to Richmond Rovers in the weekend's round of the Far North Coast Premier League football.
The Lismore heavyweights showed the greater composure in an action-packed and controversial second half that saw all four goals scored.
The match started tentatively with both teams unsuccessfully trying to assert some authority but remained even throughout.
The normally fluent passing game of the Bobcats seemed to be amiss as the Bobcats looked unusually lethargic. Equally, Rovers looked prepared to sit back and see what the Bobcats had to offer in what turned out to be an uneventful scoreless first half.
However, on the resumption the game really came to life. Travis Armstrong was brought down in the box in the opening minutes of the second half and captain Kevin Crofton converted from the penalty spot to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. However, the controversial turning point was yet to occur.
Bobcats' keeper Graeme Courte comfortably plucked a Rovers cross from the air but was deemed to having carried the ball across the line for a Rovers equaliser.
A number of the Maclean players came from everywhere to remonstrate with the referee and linesman but to no avail and it was clear they lost their focus. Rovers were acutely aware of the loss of focus and punished the Bobcats with two more goals to win 3-1.
In the Premier reserves it was a day to forget for the Bobcats as they were crushed 8-0 by the rampant Rovers team. Rovers reserves have been setting the benchmark for nearly 10 seasons now.
Next weekend the Bobcats are part of a double-header at Oakes Oval, Lismore, where they will take on competition front runners Ballina at 5pm.
? Grant Neilson.