Bobcats need five in a row
By GRANT NEILSON
THE Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats' slim hopes of a semi-final position in the Far North Coast Premier League soccer go on the line today when they take on last year's minor premiers Richmond Rovers at Barry Watts Oval, Maclean.
With five games remaining nothing less then five wins will be enough for the Maclean team to sneak into the top five, and Rovers are one of the three teams the Bobcats are trying to catch.
They go into this match at full strength with the return of Craig Anderson and Adam Busby boosting the ranks.
Coach Wayne Sutton will not settle on his run-on team until this morning but the street corner tip is the two experienced players will come into the side against the physically intimidating Rovers outfit.
If that happens it will allow Steve Carmichael and Brad Corbett the opportunity to drop back and concentrate on reserve grade semi-final qualification, where the Bobcats are in a much stronger position.
In the first round Rovers dominated the Bobcats with a 6-1 win in what was the Maclean teams meekest performance in many years. This weekend the Bobcats will set about restoring some pride and more importantly claw themselves back within five points of a host of teams seeking semi-final positions.
Busby's stability at the back has been an asset the Bobcats have missed while he was injured, and Anderson could feature wide on the right midfield and his speed and physical presence will test his marker.
Both players if picked will be critical to the Bobcats chances.
In the Premier reserves Rovers have been the benchmark for nearly 10 years and the young Bobcats outfit will need to lift themselves to gain a result.
Rovers have enormous depth but the Bobcats have shown they can match it with the best, and with Mark Bannerman in fine form in goals, they will test the competition leaders.
It is the last match at Barry Watts Oval for the Bobcats this year and with so much at stake the Bobcats are hoping for a big crowd to come down and support the locals.
Premier Reserves kick off at 1pm with the Premier League at 3pm.