Saints stand firm

Sawtell’s Luke Matthews controlled the midfield for Sawtell against Nambucca Valley.
Sawtell’s Luke Matthews controlled the midfield for Sawtell against Nambucca Valley. Trevor Veale

SAWTELL remain unbeaten after Round 6 of the AFL North Coast competition but were made to fight against a dogged Nambucca Valley outfit at Macksville Park.

The biggest improvers of the season; the Lions were within striking distance at every change and posed a constant threat for the normally slick Saints.

An argument could be made that the Saints were not at full strength, however, Nambucca won some key duels over the park. The Saints missed the calming influence of veteran Mark Couzens. Without the presence of Luke Matthews, the home side could well have got the spoils.

Nambucca again took their opportunities in an accurate showing. Jed Ellis-Cluff and Luke Benson were impressive in the middle as was agile ruckman Mick Townsend.

Dave Meyers’ side was unable to break away in the second half.

Ben Hooke was kept quiet by Karl Leplaa after kicking two first-quarter goals.

At the other end Aaron Clarke continued his strong form in an eye-opening team performance by the Lions.

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