Magpies too good for Seahorses

WOOLGOOLGA coach Steve Gooley was left fuming after the Seahorses capitulated meekly to Bellingen yesterday.

It wasn’t so much the 30-4 scoreline that upset Gooley the most, it was the way that his team went about it.

“That was the worst we played all year I think, very ordinary,” Gooley said.

“Ill-disciplined, ridiculous football. We had a game plan and I don’t think any parts of it were done.”

Trailing 6-4 during the first half Woolgoolga had the ball for nearly 10 minutes close to the tryline but were unable to convert. No matter how many times a Bellingen handling error during this period gave the ball back in terrific field position the Seahorses weren’t able to get themselves in front on the scoreboard.

Gooley watched on as the constant attempts to score were botched and he says that going against the game plan was to blame.

“We trained all week for about three different attacking plays and they didn’t do any of it,” he said.

“I think it’s inexperience, not following instructions. We trained this week the best we have all year and we’ve gone out and executed unbelievably badly.”

A Cameron Blair intercept that saw him kick cleverly for pint-sized flyer Tyson Morris quickly extended the lead and wrested momentum back to the Magpies which was never halted from that point.

Bellingen coach Josh White has been wanting to see the combinations improve over the last month but once again it was a disjointed performance by the Magpies. Still White will take two points playing ugly over no points playing pretty every day of the week.

“We did everything that we spoke about this week in the first half for a change which was good,” White said. “I said at half time if we defend them out of the game for the first 15 minutes we’ll win the second half and we did that so I’m happy.”

Like many at the ground White was frustrated with the lack of flow in the contest with 21 scrums being packed and other stoppages.

Late in the match the time-keepers clock was moving at the speed of a sundial but even White could see the lighter side of a frustrating situation.

“It was like a gridiron game there for a while, there was a lot of stoppages but sometimes that helps as we can get our breath back,” he said.

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