The Axemen cometh
RIVAL coach Kevin Neighbour believes the Grafton Ghosts could be ripe for the plucking when the Orara Valley Axemen come visiting Frank McGuren Field tomorrow.
The 31-year-old Englishmen has plenty of praise for his opposition, but believes the Axemen, who led the Ghosts for much of the game in round one, have finally learnt how to close out a match.
Neighbour said the Axemen had the Ghosts - who had beaten them 134-8 in 2014 - down well into the second half before they scored late in the game for a 30-22 win.
"We're playing a lot smarter now," Neighbour said. "It showed against Sawtell when we beat them a few weeks ago.
"They actually outscored us in the second half, but we were able to close out the game for the win."
But Neighbour said his team will not be over-confident in any way, having experienced the Ghosts' ability to score quick points.
"I saw them playing down here earlier this season and they had this little blonde winger (Joel Moss) who scored three of four tries," Neighbour said.
"He was a little genius. That's what you have to worry about with them, they have match winners right across the field."
The Ghosts have lost three of their past four games.
1. Cameron Stewart.
2. Mitch Gorman.
3. Cameron Winters.
4. Dylan Collett.
5. Joel Moss.
6. Matt Muller.
7. Blake Winmill.
8. Mitch Wicks.
9. Raih Woodley.
10. Ben McLennan (c/c)
11. Brett Wicks.
12. Khan Williams.
13. Adam Slater.
14. Josh Donohoe.