Four goal haul highlights Armstrong's return for the Bobcats
TRAVIS Armstrong scored four goals in a dream return to North Coast Football Premier League.
The Maclean Bobcats striker started in the top grade for the first time since 2010 and in the process helped his side to its first win of the season with a 7-0 mauling of Woolgoolga Wolves.
"It was nice to get on the scoresheet a few times, that's for sure," Armstrong said.
"Woolgoolga played a fairly high line in defence, so we were able to get in behind them.
"It hasn't been the best start to the season, so it's good for the boys to put away a few goals and improve the confidence."
Part of the 2009 premiership winning Bobcats, Armstrong missed three full seasons since a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament during the preseason of 2011 required a knee reconstruction. Now 28, he has eased his way back via the midfield for the undefeated reserve grade side and admits he is still a long way from fitness, only playing 55 minutes on Saturday.
"You do a lot more sprinting up front, so I've pulled up a bit tight in the hammies," he said.
"I wasn't going to go back (to playing soccer). But I was getting out of shape and after playing six-a-side in the summer I thought I'd go to a few training sessions with the Bobcats and I got the keenness back.
"I've had a couple of runs in reserve grade to get a bit of fitness, and against Woolgoolga it wasn't too hectic, so it was a good way to cruise back into it.
"It's going to be a lot harder next week against Urunga."
The Bobcats are running into a particularly tough section of the draw - consecutive road trips to the top two sides, Urunga Raiders and Coffs United.