Scorpions sting Tigers in tail
THE Crown Hotel Westlawn Tigers hosted the third-placed Sawtell Scorpions at Junction Hill on Saturday in Round 13 game of the North Coast Football Premier League competition.
The match started evenly with both sides holding their ground early. Midway through the first half the Scorpions took the lead with a quality short passing move up the middle.
The Scorpions scored another before the break to go into the break at 2-0 up in what was a tight and fairly even half of football.
After the break, the Tigers came out roaring with a superb goal to James Connor, a blistering strike from way out in left centre midfield that found the top left hand corner of the net.
Through more concerted attacking pressure the Tigers drew a penalty from a heavy tackle in the box which Jamie Pitkin slammed into the net to draw the scores level at 2-2.
The Scorpions, however, were miffed at the penalty being awarded and picked their game up a level and ran home over the Tigers with a five unanswered goals to take the match 7-2.
Tye O'Connor scored four goals for the Scorpions with Jacob Glover, Danny Clements and Ben Whittaker scoring one each.
Jacob Glover possibly snatched the goal of the match from James Connor with his huge leaping header goal that will have the AFL scouts paying a visit to Sawtell.
James Connor and Jamie Pitkin played great games for the Tigers. Daniel Purser was moved to the Tigers centre midfield position for this match and his sensational performance there should secure him that position for the rest of the season.
Coach Terry Wratten will have some work to do during the week to pump the players up for their important match against the Coffs Tigers in order to avoid relegation.
In the earlier match, the Crown Hotel Tigers reserves pulled out one of their poorer games of the season against the Scorpions.
Although not outclassed, the Tigers were beaten 2-0 with Ty Gillan and Matt Haworth scoring for the Scorpions.
The Tigers had a number of forced positional changes and personnel changes that disrupted the normally flowing and attacking side.
The loss will increase the gap for the Tigers to the top four.
The Crown Hotel Westlawn Panthers hosted City in the local derby earlier in the afternoon.
City came out firing early and were up a goal within 10 minutes from good play and quick ball movement.
The Panthers then woke up and put the pressure onto City with several raids but City struck again on the counter attack to go 2-0 up.
Both sides had many more good shots in goal in a very competitive, but friendly, contest.
The Panthers were able to draw one goal back late in the second half with a handball in the box where Tyron Morgan 'calmly' slotted the goal.
The final score was 2-1 in favour of City.
Panther's keeper Chris Lawson had a great game in goal, making many quality saves to keep the Panthers in the match.
David Groth also had a strong game up front for the Panthers and was unlucky not the score a couple.
Former Westlawn stars Jamie and Paul Stockton had dominant performances for City.
The Panthers now have the tough task of Maclean next week to get their season back on track.
Next Sunday the Tigers Premier League sides travel to Coffs Harbour to take on the Coffs Tigers with noon and 2pm matches.