WESTERN NSW Mariners FC produced their best men’s State League 1 performance of the year on Saturday, earning a 2-nil win over Inter Lions at Proctor Park.
In near-freezing conditions the Mariners dominated early proceedings leading to a handful of half-chances but couldn’t convert, heading into the half-time break at nil-all.
Despite controlling the match, a fired up Mariners side was unable to gain a lead on the scoreboard until skipper Adam Scimone, an Orange native, found the back of the net on the hour mark, and Chris New-Tolley sealed the result with a goal of his own 20 minutes later.
Scimone lauded his troops’ effort, and said the result goes a long way to ensuring the Mariners don’t get relegated.
“It has to be the best performance of the season. We’re in a big battle at the moment to make sure we stay in this division. To have a good win as well as the under 20s getting up in their game was fantastic,” Scimone said.
“We knew we needed to be firing early ... and we really took it to them from the start.
“We had our game plan, and again at half-time we gave ourselves a bit of a rev up and wanted to get back out and keep pressing them hard.
“We had a couple of calls go our way and the weather certainly helped us, not a lot of teams like coming up here on a night like that.”
With home games in Mudgee and Bathurst over the next fortnight Scimone said the weather could play a deciding role in both matches.
“It is good to get games here in Bathurst because it feels like home to us as a team,” he said.
“It is difficult for the teams from Sydney. Especially when it is like it was on Saturday.”
WESTERN NSW MARINERS FC 2 (Adam Scimone, Chris New-Tolley) def INTER LIONS 0