Mercurial playmaker Anthony Cowan starred for the Mustangs in today's narrow win over the Sea Eagles
Mercurial playmaker Anthony Cowan starred for the Mustangs in today's narrow win over the Sea Eagles Trevor Veale

Macleay and Macksville thriller

THERE'S a smile on the face of Macleay Valley captain-coach Willie Lockwood.

Not only did the Mustangs edge out Macksville in a high scoring 46-40 thriller played away from home today but it looks likely he'll be back on the field for the important clash with Sawtell next weekend.

Lockwood was injured in the win over Port Macquarie on August 1 and first thoughts were his season had ended.

"I've done a lot of work on the injuries and things are looking better and I might even return against the Panthers," he said.

"But the boys probably don't need me at the moment.

"We had a couple out for today and despite having the bye last week, they didn't slacken off and finished the game well.

"With one game before the semis I'm happy with the position we're in."

One of the best matches of the season featured plenty of big hits and outstanding attacking play.

"Adam McMurray had a huge game for us and he's coming up to his peak," Lockwood said.

"I was really pleased with Ant Cowan who was not only involved in every attacking play but his goal-kicking was sensational.

"Got seven out of seven for the day from everywhere on the field."

MACLEAY VALLEY MUSTANGS 46 (N Davis 2 A Cowan J Taylor P Griffen K Kelly R Morris tries A Cowan 7 goals) bt MACKSVILLE SEA EAGLES 40 (L Buchanan 2 L Cartwright 2 D Pickvance N Donovan G Collison tries D Pickvance 6 goals)

At Allen Gillett Oval, Macksville

Referee: Ray Pettit

Reserve grade: Macleay Valley bt Macksville 66-24

Under 18s: Macksville bt Macleay Valley 16-14



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