James Kings (left) was on the Magpies best players against Casino at Maclean Showground yesterday.
James Kings (left) was on the Magpies best players against Casino at Maclean Showground yesterday.

Casino defeat Magpies

THE Lower Clarence Magpies failed to stop Casino from reaching the half-century mark at the Maclean Showground, going down 50-30.

Lapses in concentration and poor options again cost the Magpies any chance of notching up their first win for the season.

Magpies coach Ricky Binge pin pointed to his side’s inability to remain focused as an ongoing concern.

“We go alright for a while and are competitive but we seem to drop our heads at crucial moments and let the opposition back into the game,” Binge said.

“We do stupid things and the other side capitalises on our mistakes. We were in the game for a long time but they (Casino) got away from us in the end with a couple of late tries.

“By the same token we never had much luck.”

Although suffering their fifth loss of the season Binge was still confident his young side can continue to improve.

“We just need to keep the same side on the paddock for two or three weeks and things might start to improve,” he said.

Binge said several of his players put in solid performances, in particular under-18 forward Alex Robinson.

“Alex played a full game of under-18’s then came on in first grade and didn’t look out of place,” he said.

“Our Hooker Tom Martin was also exceptional.

“Tom was away for work all week and didn’t train, but showed plenty of commitment on the field.

“James King put in 100 per cent and guided us around the field and I thought Jackson Lucas had one of his best games of the season.”

The Magpies have a monumental task in two weeks when they play competition leaders the Grafton Ghosts, something Binge said his side is looking forward to.



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