Date in September
By DAVID EDWARDS
IF they can learn to play top quality games without the guidance of Gary Phillips, a date in September beckons for these young Scorpions in North Coast Football.
On Sunday morning a two metre swell and a warm ocean were the perfect way to loosen up the body for the rigours of the afternoon, when the pleasures of Toormina Oval beckon in the form of North Coast Football, where the Sawtell faithful were rewarded with a hard fought but comfortable 2-0 victory over the Coffs Coast Tigers.
Following their success over last year's Premier Coffs United Lions in the opening round, a confident Scorpion side were soon into their stride.
A fast tempo game of one touch, as if in a training exercise, had the Tigers on the back foot.
After the first 25 minutes the Scorpions were in complete control 2-0 up, that could have been more but for great goalkeeping by Chris Edwards including a penalty save.
The first goal an alert Danny Clements pounced on a crossbar rebound from a fine long range effort from Jake Glover.
The second Clements again ,this time a superb back to the goal turn and volley.
With Gary Phillips running the middle of the park and the Goddard and Gill show negating any Tiger threats to the Sawtell goal Rod Simpson was having a very stress free day.
Apart from his obvious skills and class what Phillips brings to this young side is a sense of intelligent calmness.
The Tigers on the other hand rely on power and muscle and not alot of finesse.
Not that the Scorpions don't mind a more direct approach now and then as a clearence from keeper Simpson and a first touch shot from Clements almost but the result beyond doubt.
A much more determined Tigers came out for the second half Luke Vern and Matt Weir caused all sorts of problems for Sawtell and the withdrawal of Phillips with injury had Green army nervous.
The Scorpions did have the ball in the back of the net twice only to be denied by an alert flag from the side line but Simpson's work load certainly increased.
The Tiger challenge finally faded with the withdrawel of thier main threat Luke Vern.
A scrappy finish to the match with the Scorpions holding on.
For the Tigers it is a question of which species, the Coffs or Grafton version of cat will join their Tasmanian cousins at the end of the season based on other results.
Not alot of help can be called on from reserve grade who conceded much to the chagrin of ex Sawtell keeper Jason Hillier.