Nothing fair under Storm's shadow
AFTER their toughest assignment of the year, the Bobcats turned around and headed to Coffs Harbour to take on the arguably ungracious Northern Storm on Sunday in the NCF First Division.
After numerous opportunities and options were presented to the Storm – including playing both home and away games at their home ground – the Storm declined to reschedule the match and forced the Bobcats into a double header, while the Storm had the luxury of only one game.
While their excellent administration and coaching has the Storm sitting comfortably in third last position, they would have left their home ground giggling by the fact that they were the first team to take points off the Bobcats this year after a 2-2 draw.
The Northern Storm committee and coach Jason Breton should be very proud, and no doubt are, of their team’s performance, along with their own cunning, although their sense of fairness is not so evident. In truth the Storm were the dominant team after 30 minutes and deservedly 2-0 leaders.
But as the tired and undermanned Bobcats made some adjustments to their formation, the Storm brains trust were caught napping. They may have contrived a scheduling advantage but seemed caught short in a tactical think tank.
A Matt Bryant free kick for the Bobcats fortuitously snuck under the Storm wall and under the keeper to give the Bobcats a well-deserved goal and a leg up back into the game.
Then only moments before half time the Bobcats were back on level terms when captain Kevin Crofton nodded down a cross for striker Fraser Robinson to bunt in an equaliser for a 2-2 half time score. The second half proved to be fairly non-descript.
The Storm looked dangerous on the break at times and youngster Ryan Cole was always a handful; he is definitely a talent to watch.
On the other hand the Bobcats always looked the most likely with the Storm ’keeper making some fine saves in arguably a man-of-the-match performance for the Korora outfit.
The twist in the tale came when the Bobcats had a winning goal ruled out for offside moments from full time.
In the end, coach Breton and Northern Storm committee undoubtedly think they are very clever in winning a point.
The Bobcats thank their lucky stars that all other NCF clubs are not as unsportsmanlike as the Northern Storm folk were last weekend.