THORNY PROBLEM: The Bobcats must beat Thistles today to move into the top five. Photo: DEBRAH NOVAK.
THORNY PROBLEM: The Bobcats must beat Thistles today to move into the top five. Photo: DEBRAH NOVAK.

Fifth spot battle on

By GRANT NEILSON

Maclean Bobcats

THE Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats play host to Lismore Thistles at Barry Watts Oval Maclean in today's round of the Far North Coast Premier League football.

A loss last weekend shuffled the Bobcats out of the top five, but a win today should see them jump straight back into the congested semi-finals race.

After missing last week's loss the Bobcats will welcome back striker Izaac McClymont, but his return is tempered by the loss of strike partner Travis Armstrong, who is unavailable for the next two games.

Aaron Bylos played up front last week and he is likely to continue unless coach Steve O'Sullivan elects to start the up-and-coming Broden Hirst at striker and revert Bylos back to his more familiar midfield role.

Thistles will arrive with high hopes of an upset and will have plenty to play for because a win will see them draw level with the Bobcats on the table.

They are stronger this year then they have been for a number of years having re- cruited heavily from Southern Cross University and will certainly provide tough opposition for the local boys.

The Bobcats have been playing some exciting football this season but without a recognized striker they have struggled in front of goals.

The Maclean team will look to McClymont to really lead the way in hitting the back of the net today.

Both teams are coming off loss last weekend and will be hoping to atone this week.

Premier reserves, kick off at 1pm today with the premier league to start at 3pm at Bar- ry Watts Oval Maclean.



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