Pottsville Panthers smell blood

DOUBTERS of Pottsville Beach Soccer Club can doubt no more.

The Panthers are on the prowl and they can smell blood.

They said they were here to play in 2010 and Saturday's 4-3 triumph at home over third-placed Ballina confirmed it.

Having put behind them the horrors of 2008 relegation, the reformed FFNC premier leaguers now find themselves in fourth spot with a game in hand.

Three points from their catch-up match with Lismore Workers tomorrow could even see 2009's undefeated first division outfit sneak into the top three.

“Everything's clicking and we're moving along nicely,” coach David Lonie said.

“The boys are all doing really well.

“They're stepping up to the challenge, training hard, playing hard and getting the results.

“Our focus has always been to contest the finals and we're on track.”

With 15 goals in their last four outings, the Panthers' prolific strikepower is fast becoming one of the most feared in the competition.

Josh Taylor used his head early up front, twice climbing high to guide the ball home and ensure a 2-0 lead at the break.

The visitors got to within a goal twice but a Glen Sheldrick double restored a two-goal buffer on both occasions until a late penalty reduced the deficit to one by the siren.

“Training has been sensational ... when 100 per cent of the team is there working well and putting in the effort, rewards are going to come your way,” Lonie said.

“Everyone knows their role, what they're doing, and we're playing as a team with great camaraderie, not as individuals.”

Elsewhere, Lismore Thistles upset Richmond Rovers 5-4, Italo Stars beat Bangalow 2-0 and Goonellabah beat Alstonville 4-2.

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