Winning streak comes too late

THE wins have started to come for Woolgoolga. Unfortunately they're too late.

Now that the Seahorses have hit some form toward the end of the season, coach Greg Shuttleworth was asked if he would like to start the 2011 season now rather than back in April.

“It would be handy,” Shuttleworth admitted.

Woolgoolga trailed Port Macquarie 24-12 after an hour yesterday but the Seahorses hit top gear late to score three tries and claim a second straight victory.

While Grant Stevens again put his hand up for best player honours scoring two tries, Shuttleworth said that it was an even contribution across the board that helped the team win.

That plus a return to some basic football helped.

“We didn't overcomplicate what we were doing,” he said. “We played with some width and some depth as we had to play away from the markers as Port had a real stranglehold in the ruck.

“When we finally got some ball we were able to score points pretty quickly.”

Finally getting the ball meant controlling it.

Woolgoolga was its own worst enemy in the first half handing over too much possession with simple errors.

“We gave up a lot of football early and it cost us, but I think our completion rate late was above 70 per cent,” he said.

“When we did that we scored back-to-back-to-back tries which was great, but early on we made things difficult for ourselves.”

The Seahorses are looking to build toward 2012 by winning its final two matches: against Bellingen then Macleay Valley.

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