Despite losing on Sunday Orara Valley had the Boambee defence under plenty of pressure.
Despite losing on Sunday Orara Valley had the Boambee defence under plenty of pressure. Trevor Veale

Lions show signs of improvement

RUMOUR has it that Coffs United coach Danny Milliken once stood on a mirror while stepping under a ladder as he was holding a black cat.

It’s quite possibly the only way to explain how it is that his Lions have taken to the pitch each match well below full strength.

While still undermanned on Saturday against Northern Storm, the first signs of the vital players returning from rehabilitation are showing.

One thing that was in Coffs United’s favour on the weekend was that Northern Storm were also undermanned.

That didn’t stop the Storm providing stiff opposition though as stubborn and determined defence kept the Lions at bay, closing down everything the competition leaders tried.

It took 35 minutes for the deadlock to be broken when Anthony Wiseman had a shot, which was intercepted by a Storm defender and straight into the back of the net to give the Lions the lead at half time.

In the second half the midfield trio of Takashi Oura, Anthony Wiseman and Scott Goddard started to orchestrate play and get their passing game going and become more ambitious and accurate.

This seemed to frustrate the Storm players with free kicks being given all over the park.

The second goal came from a beautifully weighted pass from Wiseman, straight onto a sprinting Nick Lambert who slotted home.

The third came from a rampaging Nathan Silvy who played a through ball to Ben Mackay, a quick fire shot from Mackay was then palmed away by the keeper for Lambert to get his second with the simplest of tap-ins.

A fourth should have resulted from an amazing run from Sam Mackay who collected the ball from his own half and sprinted down the touch line, cut in 25 yards out and had a shot which hit the underside of the cross bar then the ground and out.

Northern Storm scored a late consolation goal after a breakaway from midfielder Mitchell Beal who took it upon himself to sprint away from everyone in his own half, play a one two and then slot home past a stranded Josh Wiseman.

The Lions were far from its best but for Milliken he believes a scratchy performance is understandable.

“Lads like Ben and Sam Mckay and Nick Lambert have just returned from injuries, so it’s a bit too much to ask for them to be as sharp as they were,” Milliken said.

 

MEN’S 1st DIVISION TABLE

 

P

W

D

L

Pts

Coffs United Lions

12

10

1

1

31

Urunga Raiders

12

8

2

2

26

Boambee Bombers

13

7

3

3

24

Orara Valley Dingoes

13

7

1

5

22

Sawtell Scorpions

12

4

2

6

14

Coffs Coast Tigers

11

4

1

6

13

Northern Storm

13

4

1

8

13

Maclean Bobcats

12

3

2

7

11

Woolgoolga Wolves

12

3

2

7

11

Westlawn Tigers

12

3

1

8

10



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