IN FULL FLIGHT: Barbs midfielder Sam Blanch attempts to outstrip Northern Star's Sam McCarthy in a race for the ball.
IN FULL FLIGHT: Barbs midfielder Sam Blanch attempts to outstrip Northern Star's Sam McCarthy in a race for the ball. ShirleyAnne Thompson

Barbs concede two late goals in Star draw

HOCKEY MEN: With six minutes to go in their clash against Lismore giants Northern Star, Barbs early- season winning streak looked comfortably safe at two goals up.

Five minutes later and staring down the barrel of a barrage of short corners it was clearly on shaky ground. After the fifth corner in a row for the Star, Barbs finally cracked, ending the game with the sides sharing the points 3-3.

For coach Brad Inmon, it was tough to give up what seemed a foregone conclusion, but he was still happy to claim at least a point from their Lismore rivals.

"It should have been a win, it looked for all money to be another win,” he said.

"They had about five short corners after the hooter and eventually all the pressure of it just became too much for the boys.

"Northern Star are a pretty handy side so we are not too unhappy to come away with a draw, but obviously a win would have been better for us.”

Prolific striker Laurie Urquhart got the scoring under way for the home side before brother Troy added to it as well as captain Josh Wainwright, who wowed the crowd with a handy back stick slap.

Inmon said the side could only improve against Ballina this weekend when they welcome back star midfielder Reece Gaddes and Armidale recruit Darby Chambers from the under-18 National Championships.

For Chambers, the trip north will be his first time out in Barbs colours.

"They reckon Ballina have lost a slew of players, but we never take a game as easy,” Inmon said. "A trip away is always a hard task.”

In other Premier League action this week a luckless Sailors could not trouble the scorers falling to Ballina 2-0 while an understrength Royals outfit were no match for Coraki at Hepburn Park losing 4-0.

City Bears front man Justin Alford's double was not enough for the side to overcome a four-goal haul for Easts' Isaac Layton in Lismore.



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