West Wallsend grab first point of NNSW season

WEST Wallsend coach Greg Smith believed his side should have been celebrating their first win of the season yesterday in the Northern NSW State League after a goal was disallowed in injury time of their 1-1 draw with Edgeworth.

A ball was fed forward to striker David Field, who beat several defenders and put the ball into the back of the net.

However, the referee ruled Field was offside.

The point for the draw was the Bluebells’ first for the season and ended an eight-match losing streak.

But Smith said his side deserved more.

‘‘We scored at the death and they took it off us again,’’ he said. ‘‘We should have won. When they played the ball he came from a deep position, there was nothing wrong with it dead set.’’

Eagles coach Gary Wilson said Field was offside by several metres.

Edgeworth striker Ben Martin scored the opening goal midway through the first half when he volleyed home a cross in the box to give the home side a 1-0 lead at half-time in the Western Suburbs derby at Jack McLaughlan Oval.

The Bluebells equalised in the 75th minute with a Ben Hughes penalty after Nigerian rookie Laat Mathiang was brought down in the box by Eagles goalkeeper Rob Askew, who was sent off.

‘‘It’s a big boost for the boys,’’ Smith said. ‘‘I’ve been telling them that it’s only a matter of time, because we’ve been going right to the death in the last four or five weeks.’’

The draw was Edgeworth’s third of the season and Wilson blamed their failure to convert their dominance and scoring opportunities.

Hamilton Olympic’s match at Darling Street Oval against Lake Macquarie and Valentine’s home game against Broadmeadow at Cahill Oval were washed out, as was the top-four clash between Charlestown City Blues and South Cardiff at Lisle Carr Oval.

On Saturday, Abe Wheelhouse and Andrew Hoole scored either side of half-time to give the Jets Youth team a 2-0 victory over Weston at Bear Park.

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