Pottsville takes top spot

By TANIA PHILLIPS COULD Pottsville be the Tweed's next Football Far North Coast Premier League team? They are certainly looking the goods after defeating former first %division leaders Lismore Thistles at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville at the weekend. The surprise 1-0 win over the high flying Thistles sees the quiet achievers of the FFNC first division take the lead legitimately for the first time this season. They did lead earlier in the year but Thistles had a game in hand at the time. Pottsville have made no secret that they want to gain promotion to the top flight and have put in a remarkable performance under coach Ron Taylor. They have turned things around from last year's mid-table performance to be real title and premier league contenders. Last week they defeated one of Tweed's other great premier league hopes Tweed Heads Kangaroos (who finished third last year). Team spokesman Glen Taylor said the team was very pleased with the weekend performance and enjoyed being on top of the ladder. "That finally puts us up there on top now we have to maintain it," he said. "It wasn't a bad game. It was a pretty fast game of soccer a lot faster than our game against Tweed. "The two teams were fairly evenly matched although they are a big side. Nathan Wilson had a great game in goals. They staged an all out attack at the end of the game." Taylor said Pottsville had been reduced by a player after losing Ben Blair to a second yellow. The hard-fought match saw both teams pick up a number of cards, and Taylor said he wasn't sure how many players would be out on card accumulation. The only goal of the match was scored by Blair in the first half. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, cellar-dwellers Murwillumbah Saints were unlucky not to come away with a victory over Casino. The spirited Saints, playing at Les Cave in Murwillumbah, went down 1-0, with Casino getting an early goal. The Saints fought back but were unable to break through. Forty-six year-old Al Kaehler was a stand-out for the predominantly young team. Top-two contenders Tweed Heads Kangaroos had a lucky escape against Uki at Uki. The big improvers of the competition, Uki fought back from two-nil down at half-time. The game ended in a 3-2 victory to the Kangaroos, who stay in the four as a result. The other main Tweed-based premier league hope Tumbulgum Rangers put in a strong performance against Woodburn to win 4-2 at Woodburn. Despite taking a squad of just 17 players for first and reserves, the early competition leaders, were able to hold out against the tough home side. New striker Danny McKenzie, who has just moved to the area from the UK, scored his second hat-trick in as many games with Beau Hayes getting the other.



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