Worrying times for the Tigers as Storm earns win
NORTHERN Storm have beaten the Coffs Tigers 4-1 in an entertaining clash.
A resilient Tigers outfit started strong on the Storm's home turf but lacked the cutting edge as the NCF Premier League leaders rode their way to a commanding finish.
Storm head coach, Jade Porter said the victory was important in maintaining a title defence and that fitness was one of the things that needed to be addressed.
"It was a good win. We needed this one to keep the consistency going," Porter said.
"It was good to get this one out of the road.
"It's important to keep up the discipline up I think. The boys all know how to play football, but even in the second half we got a little sloppy but we will try to work on the second half in terms of fitness and performance."
However, the Coffs Tigers have been biding their time with injuries that have left the Coffs club in the bottom half of the table.
Tigers coach, Curt Dixon, admitted his side was well beaten but insisted that players coming back from injury would be a welcome addition.
"We got a penalty in the first five minutes and took the lead but the reality is that we fielded a young team," Dixon said.
"It's not like we don't create any chances. We had 10 to 12 really good opportunities, we just needed to be more ruthless in the final third of the match and tighter in the defence.
"With our defence, we probably have six to eight players coming back in the next few weeks so that is important.
"It was a good opportunity for the young players to step-up and see what we have for the future. We have a really young team and we just need to focus more for the duration of the match."
NORTH COAST FOOTBALL - MENS PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS
Northern Storm def Coffs Coast Tigers 4-1
Sawtell def Boambee 1-0
Urunga def Orara Valley 3-1
Woolgoolga drew with Maclean 1-all
Coffs United def Westlawn 3-0