FLYING HIGH: Bobcats striker Grant Neilson flies high to control the ball on his chest.Photo: DEBRAH NOVAK.
FLYING HIGH: Bobcats striker Grant Neilson flies high to control the ball on his chest.Photo: DEBRAH NOVAK.

Lead squandered

By GRANT NEILSON

FOR third game in a row the Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats have tossed away a lead and this week allowed Casino to claw back for a 2-2 draw at Barry Watts Oval in Maclean.

The Bobcats have been in the lead in all their matches this season but are yet to register a victory.

Once again they were all over their opponents for virtually the entire match but two lapses in concentration in the second half proved costly.

Maclean could not have got off to a better start when a slick passing movement released Kyle Sutton to chip a far post cross to an unmarked Grant Neilson to nod the Bobcats ahead after just 10 minutes.

Neilson almost doubled the lead when a second header rebounded off the post soon after.

But the Bobcats didn't have to wait long to double their lead, which was almost a carbon copy of the first only Aaron Bylos was the provider for Neilson to net his second. The Bobcats appeared to be in total control when they went to the break 2-0 up.

Ten minutes into the second half Casino were handed a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty for hand ball which was duly dispatched. Then midway through the half, a mix up at the back gifted Casino an equalizer from a cracking volley into an unguarded goal.

The Bobcats continued to press on and created more then enough chances to win the game, but panic finishing in front of goal was their worst enemy.

Adam Busby and Kyle Sutton were again amongst the Bobcats best and Aaron Bylos showed that he will be a great asset for the Bobcats if he sees enough of the ball.

In the Premier Reserves the Bobcats made it three from three with another 1-0 win over Casino.

Colossal striker Christian Pottapel slammed home from point blank range after just 15 seconds and the Bobcats held on for the rest of the game to continue their perfect start to the season.

Next weekend the Bobcats are to meet arch rivals Byron Bay at a venue yet to be confirmed.



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