BURRINGBAR made Football Far North Coast (FFNC) first division leaders Pottsville work for their 3-1 victory in the local derby at Burringbar on Saturday.
The rivalry between the two clubs has always produced close competitions and Saturday's clash was no different.
“We knew that Burringbar would come at us hard but we just stuck to our game and that helped us get the results,” Pottsville captain Dave Lonie said yesterday.
“In fact, being the competition leaders, all the teams we face are out to try and knock us off but our boys are determined to keep our record in tact and we showed that on Saturday.”
Lonie opened the scoring midway through the first half and then backed up to add a second goal to his tally as the Panthers opened up a 2-0 lead at the half-time break.
A second-half goal to Mike Kolovos had Pottsville in control but a late goal to Burringbar gave them some consolation.
“As much as other teams want to try and beat us, our players are also stepping up,” Lonie said.
“Our goal is to return to Premier League and there's some good depth in the club at the moment so we are quietly confident we can do it.”
Uki's woes continued on Saturday when the Pythons went down to Dunoon 2-0.
A depleted Uki outfit not only had to contend with the absence of key players, including captain Dave Stratton, but also with a less-than-perfect playing pitch at Dunoon which had been damaged by cattle on it the day before.
With Uki trailing just 1-0 well into the second half, the visitors were still in the hunt but a second goal to the home side with 15 minutes remaining quashed Uki's hopes.
In other games, Goonellabah drew with South Lismore 1-all, Woodburn defeated Casino 3-1 and Rovers blitzed Byron 4-0.