URUNGA returned to the winner’s circle with a narrow 1-0 win at Woolgoolga on Saturday.
It was a dour affair that saw plenty of energy expended in the search for that elusive strike and both keepers regularly in the spotlight.
The contest looked destined to be a scoreless draw but it was Urunga’s Mitch Tutt who broke the deadlock in the 81st minute.
Tutt went on a run similar to that of a bowling ball. Beginning on the attacking side of halfway, Tutt hit the gutter a couple of times and ended up tussling with most of the Wolves defenders before slotting in what proved to be the winner from close range.
It was a strong run from Tutt who had come close in the first half when his shot from close range was plucked out of the air by Woolgoolga keeper Alex Byrne.
The scoreline reflected the difficult conditions that both sides had to contend with.
For the Wolves, James Palmer handled the southerly breeze better than most. His skill and vision set up many of the more threatening of the Woolgoolga raids while big Stan Russ flattened a number of Urunga forays and players.
For the Raiders, Ben Dooley continued to shine.
His work rate and accuracy kept the away side moving forward. Indeed Dooley was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet as well after his shot from range on 75 minutes was only stopped by the crossbar.
So approaching the halfway point in the competition with all sides taking stock of their respective positions, the Raiders remained in third spot with that win.
The Wolves must now regroup for their upcoming match against a resurgent Coffs Lions at Maclean Street next Saturday, where a win is a must if they are to seriously challenge for a final four berth this season.