Sawtell weathers a northern storm
AS the rest of the competition becamr nocturnal for the weekend, the place to be on a sunny yet chilly Sunday afternoon was Toormina Oval to witness the Sawtell Scorpions comfortably account for fellow top four aspirants Northern Storm 5-0.
The result keeps the Scorpions in touch with the North Coast Football League leaders and condemns the Storm to a long hard struggle if they are to still involved come the finals.
A depleted Sawtell team began tentatively as they adjusted to the hard bumpy winter pitch, the rhythm of the whistle and the strength of the wind.
Reserve grade keeper Dave Betros Mathew, after acquitting himself well in the earlier encounter, was backing up in the main event for the Storm but unfortunately found the increase in the pace of first grade a problem.
An innocuous backpass pounced on by an alert Sawtell striker resulted in a gift to Cameron Swift.
Without previously threatening Sawtell were on their way.
The Storm's generosity did not end there.
A high floating cross into the goal area caused much confusion between defender and keeper allowing the ball to cannon in off a surprised Luke France.
Now in much more relaxed mode Sawtell now settled and created several scoring opportunities usually via the combination of a 'Swift' cross and either Matt Parkins or Danny Clements posing all sorts of questions on the end of them.
At the other end Rod Simpson was dealing with any threat the Storm could muster.
Sawtell came out in the second half as if the result was already in the bag.
A bit more ruthlessness was lacking.
Kynan Corsi was running his heart out for the Storm but true threats on goal were few and far between.
Then, in the space of two minutes, a piece of Parkins magic and the team goal of the match to Danny Clements sent the result beyond doubt before Jake Glover finished of an enterprising day's work with the final goal.
The only downside to the Scorpions day being a head injury to thier star asset Matt Parkins.
Hopefully the now two week break will see Matt and several other wounded back on deck, not to mention a couple of star recruits (stay tuned).
A satisfying day's work by the Scorpions who now can confidently plan the downfall of thier next opponent run away leaders Urunga.
For the Strom ambitions will have to be restricted to just making the top four, not beyond them but an improvement on today's showing is the requirement.
In reserve grade lack of finishing power from Sawtell saw them struggle to a 1-1 draw.