ORANGE City Lions caretaker coach Nathan Short was a happy man after his sides 22-10 win over the Bathurst Bulldogs at Pride Park on Saturday.
The former player and premiership winner applauded his side's patience and courage in the traditional fiery affair.
Short believes the two-times defending premiers' record of close wins helped his side continue their solid start to the 2014 Blowes Clothing Cup season.
In contrast, Bulldogs captain Adam Dwyer wasdisappointed to let a golden opportunity slip.
The skipper paid credit to the winners, but admitted his side "switched off" at the game's critical point.