IT’S better than a loss but Orange Warriors skipper Ron Forbes can’t help but feel disheartened after his side managed a draw against the winless Gosford Tornadoes in Sunday’s round of the State Tenpin Bowling League competition.
Bowling on home lanes, the Warriors dominated the singles 25-13.
However, the visitors bounced back to claim the doubles 26-12 and then the teams 18-16.
Only a 4-0 victory in the overall pinfall count lifted Orange back into the points, with the final score finishing level at 57-all following the round five clash at the Orange Tenpin Bowl.
Forbes said it was one of those “would’ve, should’ve , could’ve” rounds for the home side.
“We should’ve flogged them on our home lanes but they bowled well and we didn’t,” Forbes said, lamenting his side’s 1-4 start to the 2012-13 season.
“There was only two points in it going into the teams... their final bowler needed two strikes and at least an eight count in the 10th frame to win it, and he got the double and the eight count.
“It was an up and down day.”
For Orange, Joel Wiseman (231) topped the averages while Ross Southwell (215), Luke Cooper (204), Forbes (202) and Scott Auliff (200) all equalled or bettered the 200 barrier.
But it just wasn’t meant to be.
Forbes said there were a couple of important adjustments the Warriors would need to make ahead of the round six match-up with Campbelltown in Campbelltown on April 28.
“Our spare conversion has let us down,” the captain said.
Should they rectify the spare issue, Forbes is confident the Warriors, despite only winning one of its opening five matches, can make an impact in this year’s series.