Raiders share the points with Sawtell

Tommy Frewen shoots just wide against Sawtell at Urunga Rec field.The high pressure system located across our great land ensured a steady chilling breeze from the south last weekend over the Cabbage Patch as the Raiders faced up to the Sawtell Scorpions.

Both sides were equal on 17 points on the ladder, the Raiders with a better goal average, giving that injection of extra intensity as Jason Hillier blew time on. The Raiders were nearly rewarded early as Ben Dooley caught Scorpion defender Grant Martin in the rear of the Sawtell defensive line Dooley made a bee line to the goal but his miss timed shot fizzed past the near post.

The Scorpions weren’t so lucky next time though as Kale Hooper collected a loose ball midfield and fired a pass for Harry Gale to cross to an unmarked Ben Dooley who side footed the first goal if the afternoon on 9minutes.

It represented a great start for the home side who looked to have the Scorpions at 6s and 7s but as the half wore on the visitors began to connect some interesting passages of play none of which threatened the Raider’s goal but it was a more even contest.

As the half was drawing to a close the Scorpions hard work led to a succession of corners and I like to think in a planned move Matt Parkins (Sawtell’s man of the match) drove in a low corner to the top of the penalty area that Sam Sawtell absolutely smashed into the Raider’s net from the top of the box. Jake Tarrant had zero chance of a save and after spending more years than I care to count at the Cabbage Patch I am hard pressed to recount a better strike.

So the sides went to the sheds 1-1 with crowd buzzing over the Sawtell strike. The second half would see both sides presented opportunities to win in an entertaining 45 minutes the final section a reflection of the half as Sawtell swept upfield Paul Pomroy’s well timed tackle on Ben Andrews perhaps a goal saver, the Raiders taking advantage of the forward press by the visitors launched their own attack with Arlen Horten firing a ball out to Sinai Shaul to cross for Tommy Frewen.

Frewen able to go round one defender but then caught in traffic his snap shot grazing the far post in what would have been the winner. So at the end of a hard fought and decidedly chilly 90 minutes the points were shared and both sides moved to 18 points.

In other results the U/21s continue on their winning way with a resounding 6-1 victory, while the U/17 boys had to overcome a 1 goal deficit late in the second half before Big Joe Pettit slapped in 2 goals and Ryan Cee Krest 1 to give the boys a 3-1 win and keep them top of the table.

The Women’s first grade had a comfortable 8-1 win over the Coffs Westlawn Tigers in a one sided affair. This weekend will see the Raiders travel to Grafton that match on Saturday at Barnier Park kickoffs at 3 and 5 (bring warm clothes) see you there!

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