Maclean stumbles while Stars make the grade

Rovers Adam Gray showed a bit more desperation than his opposite number, Workers Zac Crowley, sliding in under this clearance during their match at Barrow Lane on Saturday. Rovers 2-1 win powered them into second place on the ladder.

With relegation and the minor premiership already decided, only the make up of the final five was left to be determined in the last round of the Football Far North Coast round robin.

Byron Bay, Rovers, Maclean and Lennox were all through and Workers, Goonellabah and Italo Stars were all vying for the final spot. To make matters even more interesting, each of the pretenders had a match against one of the top three. As it turned out only Italo Stars managed to turn the tables on their more vaunted opponents, defeating Maclean 3-2 in Yamba. Workers lost 2-1 to Rovers and Goonellabah fell to Byron 4-2.

But Workers still had something to celebrate withstriker Tom Guttormsen sharing the Golden Boot Award with Paul Kirkland of Evans Head. Guttormsen will be presented with his award on Saturday night at the Workers Club from 7pm.

Macleans loss to Stars is the Bobcats third in a row, coming on the back of an eight game winning streak. Obviously they are great front runners but they have found it hard to cope since their loss to Byron Bay. They will need to find that missing spark before they travel up to Lismore to take on Rovers in the major preliminary semi final.

The elimination semi final will be played at Skennars Head field between Lennox Head and Stars. Neither of these two sides have had a settled second half to the season and its a game that could go either way. One thing is for sure tempers will boil over in this match and officials will have their hands full.

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