A RUTHLESS Grafton Ghosts outfit completely destroyed the remnants of Bellingen Magpies yesterday.

The trip to Frank McGuren Field was always set to be a tough one for the Magpies, but the raft of player unavailability and injury made it near impossible.

Grafton didn't hold back, thrashing the hapless visitors 104-0.

To be fair to Bellingen, many of the under-18s who posted an earlier 27-10 win over the Ghosts backed up for reserve and first grade, leaving them well short on legs and struggling with fatigue.

Add to that the loss of front row pair Daniel Sangster and Peter Glyde in the opening minutes, both taken by ambulance to Grafton Base Hospital.

It was a day where everything the Ghosts tried came off, with fullback Mitch Lollback the primary beneficiary.

His six tries takes him to 32 for the season, while winger Matt Muller crossed for two of his own and kicked 16 from 18 attempts.

Centre Khan Williams also picked up a first half hat-trick.

Ghosts' captain-coach Ryan Farrell sat out the second half to let Raih Woodley and Blake Winmill run the show, and after full-time said he felt sorry for the visitors.

"A lot of those young blokes have backed up and should be proud of themselves for sticking through it," Farrell said. "We played good footy. Everything we tried came off.

"Like the game against Orara, we don't get much enjoyment out of putting 100 points on the opposition."

The Ghosts started the game without five regular first-graders, with returning speedster Joel Moss slotting into lock after scoring two tries in reserve grade in what doubled as his first game back.

"We had a lot of players out and it was Raih's first game back so Blake was there to provide cover for him," Farrell said.

GHOSTS 104 (M Lollback 6, K Williams, Muller, D Lollback, T Cameron 2, A Lancaster, B Winmill tries; M Muller 16 goals) def MAGPIES 0.



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