LEAGUE: Gorman scores four as Ghosts shut out Sea Eagles
RUGBY LEAGUE: It was a stellar bounce back from the Grafton Ghosts after their shock round one loss to the Coffs Harbour Comets.
The Ghosts put a lot of work into their defensive structures midweek and it paid off on Sunday with the Grafton side holding their hosts scoreless for the match.
While Macksville failed to register a point the Ghosts turned it on in attack with their left edge firing for the second week in a row.
Mitch Gorman went storming down the flank to collect four of the Ghosts five tries on an afternoon where Nick Monckton struggled off the tee kicking one conversion and a penalty goal.
In the absence of backline stars Matt Muller (concussion, Round 3) and Mitch Lollback (injured, indefinite) the Ghosts were a force to be reckoned with at Allen Gillett Oval.
Ghosts captain coach Ben McLennan praised the efforts of stand in fullback Robbie Howard and Khan Williams who made a return to the centres.
"We defended unreal," McLennan said. "It was the best defensive effort I have seen in a long time.
"There was a point there where they had about six or seven sets on our line but the boys never gave in.
"Robbie Howard at fullback was great under the high ball and solid in defence with lots of talk coming from the back. He was close to our best on ground.
"Khan found himself back in the centres and he had an unreal game, reminiscent of the runaway Khan Williams from years ago."
The Ghosts will look to build on their shut out of the Sea Eagles as they ready themselves to face Orara Valley at home this weekend.
"We lost at home last weekend and we want to perform better for our home crowd," McLennan said.
"It should be the game of the round."