Glen Innes win league tag and reserve grade

Glen Innes Magpies started their round 16 encounter against Narwan Eels with a convincing 56-6 victory in the league tag. 

The hosts made it two from two in reserve grade when, despite a try on the bell from Narwan, they clinched the win 38-34. 

Glen Innes Magpies A grade side is out of the finals race but can still manage to ruffle the feathers of the teams they face in the remaining rounds of competition.

They did that when they came within striking distance of Narwan Eels at home on Sunday. 

The Magpies drew level twice during the game against the third-placed visiting side and threatened to overtake on more than once occasion but errors denied them the opportunity. 

It wasn’t the preferred start for the hosts as opposition halfback Fred Waters crossed for the first points three minutes into the game. 

Kerrod Williamson hit back for the Magpies 15 minutes later. 

Williamson’s four pointer was the only try for the home side in the opening term with Narwan’s Ryan Kelly and Jordan Moran crossing for the visitors to lead 14-4 at the break. 

Despite losing the ball in the opening set of the second half, Williamson scored his second off a scrum to bring the score to 14-8. 

Glen Innes earned the next points straight off the restart when Jayden Ehsman ran away to cross under the posts. 

Narwan’s Wes Kelly broke through the line next to retake the lead for his side. 

A Magpies mistake on their own line gifted Elijah Tighe a try to extend Narwan’s lead to 26-14. 

Narwan’s Waters scored his second for the match when centre Jared Edwards stormed through the Glen Innes defence and found his halfback in support. 

Bevan Quinlan earned a try next but Narwan’s celebrations were short-lived as Brendan Blaker made his way over the stripe. 

His second row partner Adam Morris was next to score for Glen Innes to bring the deficit back to just 38-26 to round out the final scoreline. 

Glen Innes coach Nick Ehsman said while Narwan finished with the win, his side stuck it to them. 

“They're a title contender so it was very pleasing,” he said. 

“We ran hard and we played that hard footy that we wanted to do.

“It's what we are going to do in the final two games, try and upset a few of the top teams.

“I'm sure if we held the ball a lot more it would have been a lot closer.” 

For Narwan, the win came as a relief after three consecutive losses. 

“It was just good to get back in the winner's circle,” coach Peter Moran said. 

“To come to Mead Park and get the points too is really good for the club.” 

While they finished with the win, it wasn’t the complete performance Moran wants from his side. 

“We started well, just in patches there the boys went to sleep. 

“Late in the second half, they scored a couple of quick tries.

“We knew we had the game but it is not the kind of attitude I want.

“I want them to finish strong.

“We have the bye next week so there's another two points and then we finish up with Inverell and [we will] try to go with a bit of momentum into the semis.” 

The Magpies take on Inverell this Saturday who are sitting one spot outside the finals.

The Hawks would have to win their remaining games and have results go their way to finish in the top five. 

The Magpies game could determine the season for the Inverell side. 

“We will be looking to go over there and beat them,” Ehsman said. 

“It is always good, there is a bit of a rivalry with them.

“It will be good to give them a bit of a touch up.”

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