The Kempsey Saints put their goal scoring boots on against Wauchope as they broke their winless drought to earn three competition points and put themselves back in the finals race.
Saints put two by the Wauchope keeper in each half on their way to a 4-1 victory but Saints coach Matt Baker said it could have been a higher scoring game with both sides missing chances in their Thursday night catch up game.
“It could have been 6-5 or even higher,” Baker said.
"There were a few goals both sides left out there but that’s what happens in an entertaining end-to-end match.”
Saints turned the ball over inside the opening seconds of the match and it almost proved costly when a Wauchope striker evaded Saints’ goalkeeper Michael Sultana for an open shot at goal.
Fortunately for Saints, the striker’s shot hit the outside of the right post and it went out for a goal kick.
Saints made Wauchope pay for their miss, scoring off their first opportunity.
Captain and central defender Troy Ward had the ball at his feet and pushed it forward to Lachie Jay, who found Tristan Smith on the right edge.
Smith cut the ball back to Daniel Baker who laid it off for Harry James who finished the build up in style with a powerful kick into the back of the net.
The Saints attacked down their right edge to double their advantage with the ball finding the feet of James for a second time, who tapped in from short range.
There was plenty of opportunities for both sides but Wauchope was next to make it count on the scoreboard, knocking in from close range to reduce Saints’ lead heading into half-time.
Baker said he knew his side needed to be next to score coming out of the break.
His side didn’t let him down, forcing a turnover in the middle of the field and after a combination of passes the ball fell to Daniel Baker who curled the ball with his left foot into the top left hand corner.
“I knew the next goal was still crucial,” Baker said of his thoughts after securing the 3-1 advantage.
“They were looking dangerous the whole night but only our scrambling defence kept them out."
Again his side found the answer for him, they pressed down their right hand side where they had been causing havoc all night and Nick Wright finished off the attacking play.
Saints held onto the three goal cushion for the remainder of the match with Sultana producing strong saves after putting himself under pressure with a couple of brain explosions.
Saints host Redbacks in their next match on July 15.