Bobcats find rare winning form

By Grant Neilson

The Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats finally shrugged off a string of draws with a solid 3-0 win against struggling Bangalow in the Far North Coast Premier League soccer.

Too many draws have cost the Bobcats a place in the semi-finals this year and the win on the weekend while impressive, was well overdue.

The Bobcats went into the game missing three regular defenders in Gary Carmichael, Craig Anderson and Cody Wratten and ironically kept their first clean sheet of the season, While at the attacking end the Bobcats were constantly testing the Bangalow resistance.

Aaron Bylos scored two first half goals streaming through from midfield, the first came from his rarely-sighted right foot.

Both goals were well constructed team goals with left midfielder Matt Bryant heavily involved.

After the break the Bobcats continued to dominate as their slick passing movements were proving very hard to contain.

Bangalow were struggling to hold on to possession and create openings for themselves as so much effort was being spent defensively.

The dam burst midway through the half when Kevin Crofton added his name to the scoresheet after the Bangalow defence was ripped to shreds.

In the end the 3-0 scoreline flattered Bangalow as the Bobcats continued to create chance after chance and no doubt Kyle Sutton will rue blazing over the bar with an open goal in front of him in the dieing stages.

It was a fine return to form for Matt Bryant who also had to play half a game in reserve grade.

In the Premier Reserves the Bobcats kept their faint semi-final hopes alive with a form reversing 6-3 win over Bangalow.

Matt Bryant scored twice early before Jack Plater, James Austin and Shane Primrose all added their names to the scoresheet and finally goalkeeper Graeme Courte came forward from the back to convert a penalty.

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