MACLEAN Bobcats coach Guiseppe Terranova declared in the lead-up to their North Coast Football clash that he did not rate Northern Storm Thunder.
Terranova was critical of their tactics but he was forced to eat his words as the Thunder rolled to a 3-2 win at the Bobcats' Old Boys' Day on Saturday.
"I talked them down a bit during the week but I didn't realise they hadn't conceded any goals in the second round of fixtures before our game," Terranova said.
"The fact we were able to put two goals past them means we're doing something right."
Northern Storm led 2-0 shortly after the half-time break and looked like they would embarrass the Lower Clarence club.
The Bobcats however showed some fight to claw back to level pegging before a late free kick stopped them in their tracks.
"There was a bit of a miscommunication in defence from a free kick and we left one of their guys unmarked by the far post," Terranova said.
Maclean's premier division team travel to Orara Valley next Sunday for their final game of the season against the Dingoes.
The Bobcats won 4-2 at home in their last meeting but Terranova said he would not be taking the opposition lightly.
"They are a very physical side," Terranova said.
"We out muscled them in the last game but we'll look to play our game and hopefully get up."
"I think we're quietly confident of finishing with a win."
Meanwhile, the Bobcats' third division outfit has qualified for next week's grand final.
A 1-all draw against Westlawn, couple with a 3-1 win in last week's first leg, was enough to seal a berth in the decider.
"We'll be up at Rushforth Park to watch them in the final on Saturday," Terranova said. "I think they play Iluka so that should be a good game."