Magpies in upset loss to Macleay

THREE disallowed tries in the final 15 minutes was a major factor in Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo slumping to a 38-34 defeat at the hands of Macleay Valley yesterday.

Magpies' captain-coach Josh White revealed it was a cold trip home from Kempsey after the solid fight back from a 22-6 half-time deficit just fell short of success.

“I'm filthy at how we played in the first half, we shouldn't have been behind like that but when we started to put it together, all our luck turned bad,” he said.

“We went into the game with the wrong attitude, thinking all we had to do was turn up to win and the Mustangs made us pay badly.

“Just the same, I still think we could have won it ... we should have won it and I'm shaking my head at the way things turned out.”

White said two late re-calls were bad enough but the controversial last moment of the game was devastating.

Matt Bush finished off a backline raid and appeared to have scored a fair try in the corner, only for the touch judge's flag to be raised to seal their defeat.

“Still, I can't take it away from Macleay as some of their skills were unbelievable,” he admitted.

“Ant Cowan especially did things with the ball that were indescribable but we have got to start to get that same belief into our game ... to be confident and go on with it, or go out backwards.”

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