Flying Comets top Magpies
A FAST finishing Coffs Harbour has come from behind to easily account for Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 32-12 at Bellingen Park.
It was the Comets first win in nearly two months dating back to their 28-12 victory against Macksville on June 3.
In what was an error riddled match the Magpies controlled early proceedings and went to the break ahead 12-6 courtesy of a Jerry Key double.
"We were disappointing in the first half and made way too many mistakes," Comets coach Steve Gooley said.
"Bellingen were able to capitilise on our penalties and deserved to lead at the break
"I said to the boys at half time we need to be patient and I was happy with how they came out after the break."
The Comets displayed its intent early in the first half when Nathan Curry broke the line to send Vikram Atwal over out wide to take the score to 12-10.
The game turned in favour of the visitors mid way through the second stanza when referee sent Magpies centre Daniel Sangster to the Sin bin.
With a one man advantage the Comets put the foot down and Ryan Hall raced 60 metres breaking seven tackles to score one of the tries of the season.
The Magpies imploded as the game wore on with the comets seemingly breaking the line with the ease.
"The game fell away from us in the end," Bellingen coach Brandon Costin said.
"We were forced to defend a lot early in the second half and by the end the players just ran out of puff.
"The sin binning of Daniel (Sangster) didn't help either and for the second week in a row we go down."
While not blaming the referees for his side's loss, Costin was disappointed with the performance of the game's whistleblowers.
"Too many decision were made based on the fitness of the referees," he said.
"There was one call were the touch judge was over 50 metres away, How can you make the right decision from that distance,"
"I stress I am not blaming the referee for our loss but some of the decision making was just diabolical."
With the Comets still battling in seventh place on the ladder, Steve Gooley is not writing off finals football just yet.
"To use a cliché we are just taking it a week at a time," he said.
"We have a tough clash against Woolgoolga next week so that is our only focus at the moment.
COFFS HARBOUR COMETS 32 (R Hall 2 J Sanders S Street V Atwal M Meadows tries S Street 4 goals) bt BELLINGER VALLEY- DORRIGO MAGPIES 12 (J Key 2 tries L Beaumont 2 goals)
Penalties: Coffs Harbour 7-6
Errors: Bellingen 12 Coffs Harbour 11
Scrums: Coffs Harbour 8-6
Referee: James Maggio
At Bellingen Park, Bellingen
Reserve Grade: Coffs Harbour bt Bellingen 20-14