Gremlins' fightback rolls Valleys Roosters
TRL: The Stanthorpe Gremlins stood atop the victory dais yet again on Saturday after a determined fightback saw them finish ahead of the Valleys Roosters at Herb Steinohrt Oval 28-24.
It was the Gremlins' second consecutive win from their three outings in the Toowoomba Rugby League's Clive Berghofer Land Sales 2nd Division competition, after accounting for Brothers last week.
Captain-coach Gary Skimmings was particularly pleased with his "forwards strength in the middle” in what he considered was "a good win away from home for his young team.”
Lock Matthew Hendry, prop Nigel Bonetto, half back Jason Cobon and Riley Taylor off the bench were among those to shine in the Gremlins victory.
It only took seven minutes for Bonetto to find the try line and have Stanthorpe leading 6-0.
Halfback Jason Cobon was next to touch down soon after to have the visiting Gremlins ahead 12-0 after as many minutes.
Valleys battled for the initial 20 minutes to get out of their own half, contained effectively by the Stanthorpe defence.
However, the boys in blue let their foot slip from the gas pedal as Valleys mounted a comeback in front of their home crowd to lead 16-12 at half time after centre Robert King scored twice with another by winger Cameron Shannon.
The Gremlins' line-up dropped a player when Luke Schnitzerling was sin-binned for a professional foul a minute prior to half time.
Valleys opened the second stanza in top gear with Rayne Hutchinson scoring from his own kick-off.
With the Gremlins down 20-12, outside back Bradley Britton was denied a try in a near thing in the 38th minute.
But when Jason Cobon stepped through the defence five minutes later to score from 15 metres out it signalled the start of a Gremlins' revival.
Trailing 18-20 with 12 minutes remaining Nathan Brannigan and Matthew Hendry touched down for tries to have Stanthorpe on top 28-20 and, while Valleys back Robert King claimed his third try of the game in the later stages, it was too little too late.
Coach Skimmings is now planning for the coming clash with top of the table Dalby Diehards at Clifton's Platz Oval on Sunday.
Stanthorpe 28 (Jason Cobon 2, Nigel Bonetto, Nathan Brannighan, Matthew Hendry tries; Michael Marini 4 goals) defeated Valley 24 (Robert King 3, Cameron Shannon, Rayne Hutchinson tries; Brok Whale 2 goals).