Comets smiling after win

COFFS Harbour notched up their second consecutive win yesterday and they're a happier bunch than the boys in red and gold.

Their 28-16 victory over Nambucca Heads wasn't the most convincing victory but new coach Warren Gilkinson would prefer to see the boys playing football for each other rather than the purists on the sidelines.

“The basic message is be mates on the field,” Gilkinson said.

“With commitment to each other, you get rewards. When we work together things will happen.

“Nambucca were looking for their first win and they were going to be hard. They were committed and they put it on us but we held strong.”

And the Comets needed to.

Leading 22-6 at the break, Coffs Harbour were making plenty of breaks down the left side where Scott Street was combining with Matt Donovan and Andy Miller.

From the moment the second half started though, the Roosters were breathing fire.

Fired up by a half-time bake from captain-coach Al Widders, Nambucca Heads started controlling more of the football and scored the first two tries after the resumption to cut the margin back to just six points.

With 20 minutes remaining the Roosters had the Comets on their own goal line and an equalising try was a distinct possibility.

A knock-on saw the ball race up the other end for fullback Jacob Grant to score and it was enough to see the Comets home.

Widders was rueing the fact that it took a spray from him at the break to get his team clicking into gear.

“That's the best 40 minutes of football that we've played,” he said.

“Now we've got to learn to do that for the full 80 minutes.”

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