Lions into top 10
COFFS City coach Jon Ross had a full complement of players to choose from for the North Coast Football League clash with Grafton Westlawn at the Coffs Harbour Showground on Saturday night.
With regular first division players Sam Mackay, Brady Parker, Grice Reid, Andrew Mallet and Col Smith taking the field in reserves either Westlawn were in for a difficult night or the Coffs City camp was experimenting with its' early season lineup.
Unfortunately for the visitors the former was the case with the game being won 10-0 by Coffs City.
Goal scorers were Jon Ross (3), Sam Mackay (2), Brady Parker, Kurt Daley, Adam Woods and Lindsay Rooney.
Lindsay was also judged Coffs Hotel man of the match.
The first division fixture started five minutes before the scheduled time and it was only three minutes into the game before Ben Mackay started the scoring.
Early indications were that Westlawn were giving the Coffs City players far too much space and time on the ball.
As a result Westlawn appeared to be in for a long night of chasing leather as Dion Ball and Brett Adams skillfully exploited the gaps left by a defence that was being constantly stretched.
Soon after, a powerfully taken shot from Anthony Wiseman from outside the penalty area left the Westlawn keeper powerless to do anything as the ball flew into the net.
Goals seemed to be coming at a steady flow but the half time score of 4-0 was not overly embarrassing and the Westlawn players were certainly trying their best but simply lacked the ability and experience to take the game to their Coffs City rivals.
At the defensive end the opportunities created by Westlawn did little to concern Coffs City custodian David Craggs who had one of the quietest games that he can remember for a long time.
The second half began just as the first with Ben Mackay goaling early to continue the dominance of Coffs City across the park.
The defence of Glen Williams and Peter Bayndrian and Brent Turner was relentless giving the Westlawn forwards no space at all to seek any advantage.
This was the simple difference between the two sides on the night and contributed significantly to the end result.
Ryan Turner scored from a set piece using his tremendous height to advantage and then with a powerfully struck shot that gave the keeper little chance.
Grice Reid and Brady Parker competed the scoring for an emphatic 10-0 scoreline.
Full credit must be given to the Grafton Westlawn Club for entering their team into the new league and for giving their players the opportunity to play against quality yet unknown opposition.
There can be no doubt that despite the score line against Coffs City the competition is better for having more teams with the attitude towards improvement and quality football.
Despite the end result all Grafton Westlawn players will be better prepared for future matches as a consequence of this outing and Coffs City will continue to work hard to ensure that they maintain their impressive early season form.