Bobcats pass Sawtell
IF ONLY temporarily, Maclean leapfrogged Sawtell into the men's premier league top four with a 6-3 defeat of Woolgoolga.
The Scorpions still have a game in hand and the players showed why coach Rachael Oberleuter has faith in their ability to feature in the play-offs by making ladder leader Coffs United fight all the way for their 2-0 victory.
The Lions settled the contest with goals to Ben Mackay and Nick Lambert after the midfield saw enough of the ball to get play pointing directly at Sawtell's danger zone.
At Barry Watts Oval it seemed to be raining goals with nine marked off on the scorer's report card.
Wolves were missing regular goalkeeper Cadan Glattback, but despite a midweek game leading up to this Maclean was fresh enough to take control early and find the back of the net on six occasions.
Coach Giuseppe Terranova was pleased as punch to put so many away but not as happy to leak three goals.
The big surprise of the weekend came at Ayrshire Park with the narrowness of the scores.
Going down by only 5-0 against a competition heavyweight like Boambee can be argued as something for Grafton United to celebrate.
Plenty of supporters were tipping the Bombers could have landed a dozen or more if they were in the mood but in a strong sign of making real progress, United is slowly turning around the difficult start to the season and is learning something new from every appearance.
A makeup game was planned last night with Urunga and Northern Storm scheduled to play at The Cabbage Patch.
NCF PREMIER LEAGUE
Maclean 6 Woolgoolga 3
Northern Storm 4 Westlawn 0
Coffs Coast 4 Orara Valley 2
Sawtell 0 Coffs United 2
Boambee 5 Grafton United 0
Points: Lions 15, Raiders 12, Bombers 12, Bobcats 10, Scorpions 9, Thunder 7, Dingoes 6, Coffs Tigers 3, Wolves 3, Grafton FC 0, Westlawn Tigers 0
Boambee 6 Maclean 2
Woolgoolga 6 Northern Storm 4
Grafton United 3 Urunga 4
Coffs United bye
Points: Eagles 15, Sirens 7, Lionesses 6, Wildcats 6, Raiders 6, Cyclones 4, Bobcats 0