Lennox test for Tigers
ON Sunday the Crown Hotel Westlawn Tigers travelled to Lennox Head to take on the newly-promoted premier league side in a trial match.
The crowd were rewarded with two closely fought matches.
In the warm-up match, a combined Tigers second/third grade side started off under fire, but withstood the first 20-minute onslaught before Lennox put one in the back of the net.
From there, the Tigers started to find some combination and had a few shots on goal.
Lennox then came back to put themselves up 2-0 before Daniel Purser put the ball across goal and Chris Geary cleaned up the scraps for 2-1.
A few minutes later, Lennox put another one away before the 'Gearbox' got his second by chasing down a lose Lennox ball in defence.
The Tigers finished stronger against a fresher Lennox side but were not able to square the ledger, going down 3-2.
Joel Gosson had a good game as keeper, keeping out two penalty kicks and some other good saves in the match.
In the main trial match, the Tigers faced a strong Lennox side that had a goal difference of 96-17 last season and before the Tigers had mentally taken the field, Lennox was in behind their defence and headed a goal over the keepers head in the first minute.
The new Westlawn combinations then started to gel with James Smith and Jamie Pitkin combining up front to dazzle the highly-rated Lennox defence and put several shots on goal.
Matt Cheney also put together several strong runs up the middle from the defence and Mitchell Schofield troubled Lennox up the right flanks as well.
However, the Lennox side went 2-0 up with a counter attack just after the midway mark.
This brought on a blitz of quality attacks from the Tigers only to find they had left their shooting boots at home, missing several golden opportunities by going over the crossbar.
Lennox were always ready to sniff out any goal scoring opportunity and scored once more on the final bell to take the match 3-0.
The Crown Tigers were happy with their new attacking potential and midfield control and with some shooting practice, they will be a threat to many of the Coffs Harbour sides this season.