Gunners, Scorpions draw 3-3
NORTH Coast Football’s third round fixture between Souths Gunners and the Sawtell Scorpions ended in a very entertaining 3-3 draw on Saturday. Gunners were originally meant to travel to Tormina for the game but due to their ground being too wet, the match was transferred to Rushforth Park instead.
Sawtell was the runner-up in last year’s grand final and following an earlier pre-season match which they won 4-1 against Gunners, they were entitled to enter the game as clear favourites.
Souths Gunners Captain Nathan “Shrek” Adamson continued his record-breaking run and lost the coin toss for the seventh consecutive time, with Sawtell running with a handy breeze at their backs for the first half.
The Scorpions were the first to score at the 20-minute mark after some sustained pressure and pushing the ball from side to side they created some time and space for their unmarked striker to give them the lead.
For the first 30 minutes Souths Gunners struggled to get out of their own half, having to fight tooth and nail to stay in the game. Sawtells failure to capitalise on the amount of possession and the field position that they had in this period would prove costly.
Ten minutes into the second half saw the Gunners back on even terms, after an own goal was conceded from a dangerous corner kick. With growing confidence Gunners began to apply some real pressure on the Scorpions. Reece Brindle scored an absolute blinder from an acute angle and under loads of pressure to give the home side a 2-1 lead.
The game had well and truly opened up at this stage making for some entertaining football going from end to end. Sawtell was never going to lie down and equalised after an outside midfielder was allowed to run through unmarked and score. With 15 minutes to go they then took the lead and looked to have snatched victory.
However the last twist of the day was when Brindle released Luke Welch with a fine ball and Luke held his nerve in front of goal to again even up the score.
Souths Gunners have had a pretty torrid season so far, having to replace eight players from last year’s competitive squad. The result is a huge step up, and on Saturday they did just that.