The Kempsey Saints reserve grade sides’ 2-1 victory against local rivals the Macleay Valley Rangers has moved them seven points clear at the top of the table and they have one hand on the minor premiership with four rounds remaining.
The Rangers reserves sit in second position and they were hoping to close the gap but a last minute goal to Tom Salter ruined those aspirations.
“Hopefully we can finish the season strongly and win the minor premiership,” stand-in coach Matt Baker said.
“If we can keep earning wins then we will carry our momentum into the finals series.”
The two sides entered half-time level with one goal each.
Adam Stutz opened the scoring for the Saints before the Rangers grabbed one back to equalise before the break.
Mitch Clarke was forced to put the keeper’s gloves on due to an injury and he did superb at defusing the Rangers’ attacks.
“It was another strong performance from the side and they are all in great form,” Baker said.
“The match on the weekend was likely a grand final preview between the two Kempsey teams.”
The Saints are on the road against the seventh placed Wallis Lakes on Saturday while the Rangers host the Forster-Tuncurry Tigers in a battle for second place.