Heartache for Magpies
A GRANT Brown field goal just over 10 minutes from full-time had the Lower Clarence Magpies with one hand on a dream finish.
It put the home side up 13-12 in atrocious conditions at Maclean Showground, and gave the home side a chance to complete a rare double after reserve grade's earlier 28-24 win.
Kurtis Laurie smashed through the defence to score what could have been the match-winner, but the officials blew a knock-on, and with it, blew away Lower's hopes of victory.
They fought to keep Evans Head at bay, but a penalty with about five minutes to go put the visitors up 14-13, and Eli Cook's try on the buzzer rubbed salt into the wounds.
For many players it is their first season to go through without a win, and coach Nathan Pettit was clearly upset at full-time.
He declined to comment after full-time, but his frustration at the officiating boiled over when Evans Head was awarded its late penalty.
Reserve grade did their best to blow a 24-6 half-time lead, but held on for the close four-point win.
Both senior grades finished with the wooden spoon.