THE Leeton Greens have overcome their bye blues to grab a narrow two-point win over Darlington Point-Coleambally at Coleambally on Sunday.
Greens president Steve Preston said while it wasn’t a pretty win, it was needed to keep the Leeton side in finals contention.
“Our boys have always tended to struggle the week after a bye but if you can get the points when you’re not playing your best footy then you’re doing well,” he said. “There’s definitely been a lot of improvement in the side – our attack was all over the place but our defence was a lot better.
“We’ve just got to keep up with them (the top three).”
The loss was another devastating one for DPC, especially after its two-point loss to West Wyalong in round 12.
Leeton’s Adam Frazer crossed the line first in the match to take his side to an early 4-0 lead.
But the Roosters soon overtook the Greens with two tries, giving them a 12-4 lead.
A late Leeton try saw it close the gap to 12-10 just before half-time and there wasn’t much to separate the two going into the break, with a lot of mistakes and penalties on both sides.
“The game definitely didn’t reach any great heights,” Preston said.
“There was a lot of dropped ball and mistakes on both sides and then DPC got a couple of injuries towards the end. It was a real arm wrestle.”
Leeton looked determined to take control of the second half, getting back its narrow lead, but the Roosters knew they needed the points more and managed to get back in front one more time.
The game continued to surge back and forth with both squads trying to cross the line, but it was the visitors who found what was needed and the Greens took the final lead 20-18.
Leeton had the chance to extend the lead, but couldn’t get past the DPC defence, with the Roosters taking it back down the other end of the field for a last-gasp effort to take the win.
But the Green machine held them up on the line and Leeton took home the much-needed two points.
Preston praised the efforts of Warren Lloyd, Kye Longford and Hayden Boller and young gun Scott Gill who stepped up from the under 18s.
Try-scorers for Leeton were Sam Eisenhut, Frazer, Lloyd and Clinton Green while DPC’s try-scorers were Tomas Fuller, James Williams and Kodie Charles.
FLYING MACHINE: Darlington Point-Coleambally’s James Williams scored in the local side’s narrow loss to Group 20 league heavyweights Leeton at the weekend.
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