Scorpions halt Wolves’ streak with gritty draw

Nick Mallett (blue) and Tyh Murphy (green) embracing the gritty battle for the midfield.

THE Sawtell Scorpions ended the Woolgoolga Wolves’ six-match winning streak with a hard-fought 0-0 draw in the HIT105.5 North Coast Premier League at Toormina Oval on Saturday.

In a match defined by a midfield battle of attrition, Sawtell goalkeeper Adam Rollans delivered another stellar performance, continuing his remarkable season.

Having finished at the bottom of the table last season, the Scorpions are proving to be as formidable as any team on their day this season.

Sawtell captain Tyh Murphy reflected on the match.

“We didn’t play the greatest football but we played well enough to keep Woolgoolga out, and keep them scoreless,” he said.

“Some unbelievably great saves from Adam Rollans to keep them to nil, he’s been amazing for us this season.

“As a team we have really ramped up the intensity and effort to match some of the top teams such as Urunga and Woolgoolga, with two draws against both of them in the past two weeks and looking forward to (Northern) Storm this coming week,” Murphy said.

The result propels Sawtell into third place, with Woolgoolga still leading on 19 points after seven matches.

Elsewhere, the Northern Storm dismantled the Urunga Raiders with a 6-2 victory, narrowing the gap on Woolgoolga by four points with a game in hand.

A brace by Chris Penny and a goal from Brady Parker secured a 3-0 win for the Boambee Bombers over Westlawn Tigers in Grafton.

The Coffs Coast Tigers found their shooting boots, notching their first win of the season by overpowering Coff City United 4-1. Two first-half goals from Orara High School student Robert Masapa set up the victory, with second-half goals from Tom Mitchell and Marko Kisose sealing the deal.


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