Sea Horses stave off slick Comets
WOOLGOOLGA Seahorses hold on to a 24-22 win over Coffs Harbour at Woolgoolga Sports Reserve in what was a nail biting encounter.
The result could have very easily gone the way of the visitors.
The Comets had a match winning try disallowed in the final minute of the game when the linesman had ruled Macauley Dawson had put a foot into touch before offloading the ball.
Despite the controversy at the death it was Woolgoolga who had controlled the majority of the match.
While happy to take home the two points, Shuttleworth wished his side could've put the game out of reach much earlier on.
"The two points is what we were after but they should've never had a chance to come back," Shuttleworth said.
"Leading 24-10 we really should've put them bed to be honest.
"On the positive side we scrambled really well and did enough to get the win."
With a number of injuries leading into the match Shuttleworth praised his troop's toughness.
"There were no complaints and all the boys did the hard yards today despite being banged up," he said.
"Five of the boys were questionable right up to game day so it was a big effort for them to even take the field.
"It's that sort of stuff that shows the boys are willing to battle on when the going gets tough."
With the game within reach but the clock working against them, Coffs Harbour coach Steve Gooley felt his side could get the job done.
"After Scott (Street) scored to cut Woolgoolga's lead to two I was confident we could've got the win,"
"Unfortunatley it didn't come off for us today but there are plenty of positives to take home."
Even with a few tough decisions going against his side in the vital final stages of the game, Gooley could not fault referee Nathan Grace.
"I felt the Referee had a very good game," Gooley said
"Nathan Grace is the best referee in group two and if we could have him referee every week we would."
"In the end we had chances to win the game but we couldn't get the points so we will just have to work towards getting the job done in our next match.
A try scoring double to the ever dangerous Joe Ravueta capped off a tough week for the centre and he will probably be looking forward to the two week break during the representative game weekend.
Facing off against the unbeaten Nambucca Heads in its next match Woolgoolga will have its biggest test so far this season.
WOOLGOOLGA 24 (J Ravueta 2 C Webb L Munro tries W Fernando 4 goals) bt COFFS HARBOUR 22 (R Hall 2 V Atwal S Street tries S Street 3 goals)
Penalties: Coffs Harbour 9-7
Scrums: Coffs Harbour 4-2
Errors: Woolgoolga 11 Coffs Harbour 8
Referee: Nathan Grace
At Woolgoolga Sports Reserve, Woolgoolga