JUMP AHEAD: The single goal win over Urunga puts Coffs United in the box seat for second spot on the ladder.
JUMP AHEAD: The single goal win over Urunga puts Coffs United in the box seat for second spot on the ladder. Brad Greenshields

Lions almost ready to secure second place

THE top two in North Coast Football may be sewn up after Coffs United won a dragged out battle 3-2 with Urunga and Boambee won big over Grafton United.

The meeting between the Lions and Raiders looked destined for a 2-all draw as both sides often failed to find team mates with passes breaking down several attacking raids.

It wasn't until late that Coffs secured the points, almost against the run of play, when Caleb Lokpo fired but hit the crossbar.

The rebound landed near Chris Dooley who was on the spot to score his second.

Winning coach Glen Williams said the result was a very important one with the semi finals fast approaching.

"To come away with three points from here at Urunga is always good,” he said.

It was an outcome Urunga made every effort to avoid considering playing coach Craig Simpson was not only absent on game day but throughout the lead-up due to out of town work commitments.

Stand in Paul Pomroy said it was the players themselves who drove the Raiders' machine in the coach's absence.

"The boys ran the sessions this week because I was away as well,” he revealed.

"They had the game plan and they stuck to it and it was definitely a super effort considering we were missing a couple of strikers up front.

"We had guys up there who were basically midfielders.”

Pomroy admitted the result will probably see the Raiders facing sudden death matches throughout their finals campaign.

"We're probably in a position now where third place is ours.”