Magpies trampled, Binge up-beat
THE scoreboard may have Magpie supporters shaking their heads but first grade coach Ricky Binge remains up-beat about his side’s future.
Lower Clarence travelled to Murwillumbah yesterday expecting a tough encounter and that’s exactly what they got.
The Mustangs ran out convincing winners 56-14 however Binge said he was proud of the way his side stuck together as a unit and kept their heads held high.
“The scoreboard isn’t that flattering but it wasn’t all that bad,” Binge said.
“We only had one fresh reserve and used players in unfamiliar positions. We can only go forward from here as long as we stick together as a club, which we did on Sunday.”
The Mustangs are always tough at home and according to Binge they ran rampant in the backs and were hard to contain.
“Murwillumbah beat us out wide which is by no means due to our guy’s lack of commitment,” he said.
“We didn’t have the ammunition out wide. We entered the game with two centres that normally play in the forwards and they just lacked a bit of speed.
“Unfortunately we struggled for numbers on the bench. When we play at home we have plenty of reserves but travelling away is a different story.”
Binge said he was impressed with several players’ performances on the day in particular Shane Faulkner who played in the centres and on the wing.
“Shane is from the under-18’s and had a terrific game. He put his hand up and looks like he may fill that position for the rest of the season,” Binge said.
“Jack Shepherd also went well and put a few holes in the Mustang’s defence and on that performance should cement a spot in first grade.”
Player’s player went to prop-forward Ryan Binge who continues to impress with his bullocking runs and stinging defence.
The Magpies are on the road again next week when they travel to Lismore to play Marist Brothers who had a narrow victory over Kyogle.
Northern United 42 d Casino RSM 18
Marist Brothers 14 d Kyogle 8
Mullumbimby 52 d Tweed Coast 12
Byron Bay 28 d Evans Head 22