Magpie's snatch last gasp win
A COURAGEOUS Bellinger-Valley Dorrigo side has upset second placed Woolgoolga 28-20 in a nail biting encounter at Bellingen Park.
Despite leading for most of the match, the magpies needed some last minute heroics from centre Wade Davis to secure the win.
A virtuoso performance from Bellingen's Luke Beaumont negated the absence of the Magpies usual creative forces Brandon Costin and Anthony Donovan with coach Costin praising the young fullback.
"I thought he was brilliant today, we didn't have a nine on the field and he did well to play up there from fullback," Costin said.
"We didn't really train for that this week with Anthony (Donovan) and myself unavailable so the only real preparation Luke had in that role was a bit of practice in the warm up.
"It was a courageous and gutsy win, we didn't play our best footy but we did pretty well considering the circumstances going into the match."
It looked as if Bellingen would coast home after taking an 18-10 lead with 10 minutes to go however the visitors saw otherwise with half back will Fernando crossing the stripe twice in quick succession to put the Seahorses up 22-18.
A game changing call by referee Ken Hoad saw the home side regain possession after Woolgoolga was deemed to have taken the ball dead off the kickoff.
The next set saw some enterprising play from the magpies with Davis stealing the win with only 60 seconds left on the clock.
"There are really no excuses, Bello dominated possession and we made a number of silly errors," Woolgoolga coach Greg Shuttleworth said.
"Losing Todd Cameron early on really hurt us and Sam's (McKechnie) injury in the second half made it even tougher but in the end we just couldn't get over the line.
"All our losses this season have been away from home and in each game it has just been the execution which has let us down."
Costin felt his side's toughness and determination were the overriding factors in the win.
"The Determination, effort and gritty style is something we were missing through the middle rounds of the season and the boys showed it in spades today," he said.
"At 20-18 down I wasn't confident we would be able to get the win but I was very happy with the way we had played up to that point.
"It was good to come away with the points after such a tough match."
BELLINGER VALLEY-DORRIGO MAGPIES 28 (W Davis 2 C Sinclair B O'Connor tries L Beaumont 4 goals) bt WOOLGOOLGA SEAHORSES 20 (W Fernando 2 C Webb B Seymour tries W Fernando 2 goals)
Penalites: Bellingen 9-4
Scrums: Bellingen 9-4
Errors: Woolgoolga 13 Bellingen 9
Referee: Ken Hoad
At Bellingen Park, Bellingen
Reserves: Woolgoolga bt Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 32-20