Promotion dream alive for Tweed

TWEED have kept their promotion and championship hopes alive in the Football Far North Coast first division competition after a come from behind 2-1 win over Tumbulgum Rangers at Brian Breckenridge Park, Tumbulgum on Saturday afternoon.

The two teams were in equal third going into the weekend game with both looking to record victory and stay in the hunt for the first division title and promotion to premier league next year. Tumbulgum, who were without several key players for the match, came out looking the hungrier of the two teams and continued to push forward and create chances, finally breaking through with a goal to striker Beau Hayes just before the break.

But two quick goals to striker Aaron Maingay early in the second half gave the Kangaroos the ascendancy and eventually the much-needed points.

"They wanted the game more," Tweed coach Roger Hoy said. "They put a lot of pressure on our midfield. To the credit of our defence they weren't able to put more into the back of the net.

"In the second half they seemed to just fall off the ball and started to let us come at them. It was like they stopped playing which is usually what we do."

"There were still a lot of opportunities late in the game and it got more physical."

While there were several cards handed out, there were no send-offs in a hard and tough game.

Tumbulgum coach Peter Rylko said it was a missed opportunity, but he was looking forward to taking on competition leaders Pottsville this weekend. It is a game that Tumbulgum must win with the top three now opening up a small break over the next three teams. "It was disappointing being in a position to win and not winning," he said.

"We didn't have the fitness. We had several players backing up from reserves. We should have shut them out." Meanwhile thanks to an Adam Rogers hat-trick competition leaders Pottsville have had a lucky escape at the hands of the fast improving Uki. Pottsville eventually won 4-1 but not until after Uki had given them a scare.

Uki, who are not far away from recording a win after strong performances against Tweed, Lismore and now Pottsville in recent weeks, actually came out and scored first.

"Uki were playing really well they were sticking to their game plan," Pottsville's Glen Taylor said.

"They actually scored an own goal late in the first half so we went to the break at one-all.

"It was a very fast game but we couldn't get our rhythm going."

He said Uki had played well and the score was no indication of the match. It was a lucky escape for the prospective premier league team with Rogers' goals coming late in the match. Meanwhile in the other available result, South Lismore defeated Casuarina 3-2.



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