Injury woes as Magpies lose on Yamba soil
AN INJURY plagued Lower Clarence Magpies did it tough once again, going down to Byron Bay Red Devils 42 to 10 in round 10 of the NRRRL at Yamba Sports Complex on Sunday.
Already missing inside backs Aaron Martin (hand), Grant Brown (ribs) and Jason James (ankle) for the clash, under-18s player Jacob Cameron-Clark deputised at five-eighth but also joined the casualty list with a shoulder injury.
Buoyed by a 32-26 win in Reserve Grade, the Magpies had a reasonably positive start to the main contest, including DJ Eamons and debutant Vincent Williams finding the tryline.
The score was locked at 10-all with half-time in sight. However, quick tries either side of half-time gave Byron Bay breathing space they never relinquished.
Martin's absence in particular was sorely felt as Byron Bay wreaked havoc on Lower Clarence's right side.
Lower Clarence president Steve Austine was part of the Reserve Grade win.
"It was a pretty tough game but good to get another win and push up towards the top five," Austine said.
"In first grade we had a few guys playing out of position. But the score didn't reflect the game."
Meanwhile the under-18s endured another narrow loss, going down 18-16.
The misery also continued for Kyogle Turkeys and Mullumbimby Giants who, like Lower Clarence, have just one win so far this season. The Turkeys were thrashed by Northern United 50 to 6 and the Giants hammered by Casino Cougars 56 to 12.
Meanwhile Marist Brothers became the fourth side to lose touch with the top half of the table narrowly going down to undefeated Murwillumbah Mustangs 20 to 16.
Lower Clarence is back on the road next Sunday with a trip to Crozier Oval to take on Northern United.\