Magpies deserve points

IT’S against the rules for Group 2 players and officials to criticise the performance of referees but there’s nothing saying a journalist can’t do it.

Referee Jason Townley must surely be needing a new whistle this week because there can’t possibly be a pea left in his old one after blowing it on 26 occasions at Advocate Park to award a penalty.

Combine this with the sin-binning of two Coffs Harbour players as well as sending another one off after the match finished and it’s easy to see that the most noticeable person on the field during Saturday afternoon’s clash was Townley.

A good referee they say is never noticed but for the third week in a row Townley is the major discussion point of a match that he has controlled. This is not the sign of a good performance.

On the other hand we can be thankful that there was some controversy from the match to dissect because the standard of play was terrible.

Bellingen can take a lot of encouragement from the fact it managed to eke out a 26-18 win without the services of Bert Gray, Cameron Blair, Matt Bush and Brad Hart but the fact is they weren’t fantastic. Luckily for the Magpies though Coffs Harbour were worse.

The Comets managed to complete only 11 of their 30 sets for the day and time and time again handed not only possession over to Bellingen but tremendous field position as well.

With that in mind it was amazing that Coffs Harbour trailed by only two points with 15 minutes remaining.

Taking advantage of a two-man advantage the Magpies managed to finally control the football, completed seven of their last eight sets and had Anthony Fensom and Dave Hart score tries to wrap up the two premiership points.

Considering the absentees from his line-up though, Bellingen coach Josh White will take the win any way at all.

“We just had to win the game, I said to the players we’ll win ugly but we’ve just got to do all that we can to get the points and get our season on a roll,” White said.

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