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Urunga defeated the Coffs Coast Tigers 2-0 in the C.ex Group Men's Premier League match at Polwarth Drive. Photo: Green Shoots Marketing

Men’s Premier League Round-up – Round 20

August 20th, 2018

ASHES to ashes, dust to dust, if Parker doesn’t score against you, then Francey must.

Playing Boambee at the moment could be just like facing Australia’s new ball attack in the 70s when Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson were terrorising opposition batsmen.

The Bombers faced a determined Northern Storm on Sunday and led 2-1 at half time courtesy of goals to Luke France and Christian Penny while Michael Turner finished a goal mouth scramble to give the Storm a sniff as the combatants entered the sheds.

That sniff was snuffed out quickly by Boambee’s deadly duo.

Within minutes of the resumption the Bombers had stretched the lead to 5-1 with Parker scoring a double and France adding to his first half strike to put the result beyond doubt.

France added another to complete his hat-trick on a tough day for all.

Northern Storm co-coach Jade Porter rued his team’s start to the second half.

“I think it was still anyone’s game (at half time), we just needed to come out and level-up and go from there but when but they scored and when you’re chasing two goals it makes it a bit hard from there, especially against this pack,” Porter said.

“We just lost intensity for a 15 to 20 minute period and that’s what beat us.”

Over the past three matches the Bombers have beaten the teams sitting second, third and fourth on the table with a combined scoreline of 16-2.

While the statistic surprised Boambee captain Brady Parker, his first response was to think about ways of improving the number of goals conceded.

“That’s great form for us and we can always score goals but it’s the goals we let in that we want to try and reduce,” Parker said.

“We’re winning almost everything but one thing we’re not wining is goals against. Coffs United have got less than us.”

Parker added the Boambee defensive unit still has room for improvement in it and each match they play together helps with that.

“It’s not the most experienced backline but they’ll work their backsides off. The thing that probably lets them down is their chat. They’re a very quiet bunch and that doesn’t help,” he said.

“It still works but a lack of talk can let us down like that goal where it should’ve been easily cleared but there was just a lack of talk and ownership.”

Coffs United maintained some hot form heading into the final regular season match scoring 11 goals in a rout of Grafton United.

The Grafton side has now conceded 36 goals in its past three matches and Gum Mayak enjoyed the extra room he was allowed in front of goal to score six times.

After a sluggish start at Polwarth Drive, Tim Rupprecht and Tom Rixon scored for Urunga to give the Raiders a 2-0 win over the Coffs Coast Tigers while Maclean may have cost itself a chance of sneaking into fourth position after securing just one point against the Westlawn Tigers.

The 1-all draw means Maclean trails the Northern Storm by two points and six goals with just one match left before the semi’s start.

The Bobcats must overcome Coffs United at McLean Street on Sunday and hope the Tigers can upset the Storm.

C.EX GROUP MEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE

Boambee def Northern Storm 6-1

Coffs United def Grafton United 11-0

Maclean drew with Westlawn Tigers 1-1

Urunga def Coffs Coast Tigers 2-0

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