Macleay continue run of form
MACLEAY Valley has continued its late season charge up the Group 2 ladder with a dominant 52-24 win against Port Macquarie at Verge St Stadium.
The Mustangs never looked like losing despite the loss of captain coach Willie Lockwood to injury after only ten minutes.
The home side piled on 24 unanswered points out of the gate before the Sharks could even get on the board.
"Macleay were hungry and it showed early on," Port Macquarie coach Anthony Fenton said.
They had all the possession and as a result we hardly saw the ball in the first half.
We managed to get one back just before the break but by that point the match had pretty much been decided."
A string of opportunities for Port Macquarie just after half time gave them a chance to close the gap but poor execution let the visitors down.
The Mustangs try scoring machine eventually awoke once again to pile on a further 28 points to put the match out of reach.
Three late Port Macquarie tries made the score line slightly more respectable for the sharks.
"Our preparation for the match wasn't ideal and it showed." He said.
"We lost our fullback Harley Gore before the match and it just made things even tougher.
"Defensivley there is plenty of improvement needed from the boys.
"We need to forget about making the finals and focus on getting results week to week."
MACLEAY VALLEY MUSTANGS 52 (P Thaiday 2 A Cowan 2 J Taylor D Ritchie S Moran C Kelly C Lardener tries A Cowan 8 Goals) bt PORT MACQUARIE SHARKS 24 (G Grant 2 J Kelly 2 tries G Grant 2 K Maloney E McKenna goals)
Referee: Jason Townley
At Verge St Stadium, Kempsey.