Wash-outs add to pressure

THE spectre of catch-up matches has come to the fore again in North Coast Football.

Three men's first division matches scheduled for Sunday were washed out after more than two inches of rain fell on the Coffs Coast on Saturday night.

One of those three matches is being played tonight at Toormina Oval, when Boambee strives for second position on the table against Sawtell.

With the last matches of the season being played on Sunday, it is possible that the postponed clash between Northern Storm and Orara Valley, as well as the Urunga and Coffs Coast Tigers clash, will be played on Saturday.

Of the two matches that were played on Saturday, Coffs United continued its winning streak with a 2-0 win over Maclean, while Westlawn notched up three straight first division wins for the first time by overcoming Woolgoolga 3-1.

Coffs United fielded an undermanned team, with seven players absent because of Josh Wiseman's wedding.

Maclean was controlling field position, with the Lions playing on the break.

The half-time scoreless deadlock was broken immediately after the resumption when Nick Lambert found a rising Sam Mackay with a well-placed corner kick.

Maclean was still attacking and goalkeeper Steve Meakins worked hard to maintain a clean sheet.

The result was put beyond doubt when Mark Ifrah found himself with enough time to settle before firing a 25-metre bullet into the top-right corner.

Woolgoolga looks consigned to finishing on the bottom of the table after its loss to Westlawn.

The Wolves took the lead in the first half after scoring from the penalty spot but Tigers pressure in the second half led to two goals by James Joyce and another to Jim Connor.

Westlawn can continue its winning run tomorrow night when it plays a catch-up match against Maclean at Yamba.

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