Bobcats well beaten
MACLEAN Bobcats' "fairly young squad" can only get better after being belted 5-1 by Boambee Bombers on Saturday.
Stand-in coach Aaron Bylos said the opening 30 minutes of the game was a baptism of fire as the rampant Bombers slotted home four of their five goals.
"Boambee have got a fairly good, well-balanced said," Bylos said.
"Our guys did well to pick themselves up. We scored in the last 10-15 minutes of the half and had a few chances."
Luke Papalinas was the only Bobcat to find the back of the net as the Lower Clarence club fought their way back into the match, but a Brady Parker pearler sealed the lopsided win for the visitors.
Despite the first-up flogging, Bylos said Bobcats would take a lot from the game.
"They brought an extra man into the centre field but we didn't adapt to their game and that was one of our problems," Bylos said.
"I was more concerned with talking to the younger guys and making sure they picked themselves up.
"We need a bit more composure, and communication needs to improve in coming weeks."
Bobcats goalkeeper Ryley Allen had a torrid time in his first-grade debut while Evan Lloyd and Callyn Stewart-Butcher stood out for the home side.