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The Maitland Magpies play another day in the Northern NSW National Premier League while the Weston Bears were taught a soccer lesson. The Magpies moved one point off relegation after tying a 1-0 late draw with Charlestown City, but the Bears missed a chance for second place and instead slipped onto the after a 5-1 blow from Hamilton fourth place. Maitland is now three points ahead of last-placed South Cardiff, two rounds from the end, and Weston, who is guaranteed a semi-final, can land between second and fifth depending on the result. Magpies manager Reece Thompson said it was far from ideal after having multiple chances at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday, but Joel Wood’s 86th-minute header meant Maitland was more likely to walk away with something than nothing in the round of 16. “I’ve never seen a soccer game like this. We dominated the second half but just couldn’t score, ”he said. “We created so many opportunities, but we just couldn’t throw it into the net. “We probably deserved to win, but after trailing 1-0 10 minutes from time, we’re drawing the draw. “That gives us a three point lead with two games to go and we have a better goal difference [than South Cardiff]. “South Cardiff was beaten 2-0 by leaders Edgeworth on Friday night, leaving the Gunners with nine points and Maitland with 12 points. Newcastle Jets Youth (13), who were beaten 5-2 at Magic Park by Broadmeadow (26) on Sunday, and Charlestown City (14) are the second best overall. Adamstown’s play-off ambitions may have been dashed after sixth-placed Rosebud (22) was beaten 6-0 by defending champion Lambton (31). The Jaffas jumped Weston, 29, to third after the Bears surrendered to Olympic at the Darling Street Oval on Sunday. Bears manager Trevor Morris, who will not be responsible for the team next year, said it was a terrible feat. The Bears conceded three goals in the first 15 minutes and two more in the second half before Weston midfielder Garry McDermott opened the guest account. “We were awful,” said Morris. “What we’re most proud of was the worst part of our game – the defense. “We gave them goals because they collapsed in the back and were badly executed.” Weston is now facing Broadmeadow and Edgeworth on the homeward journey, while Maitland has Lambton and Hamilton. Edgeworth 36 Hamilton 33 Lambton 31 Weston 29 Broadmeadow 26 Adamstown 22 Charlestown City 14 Newcastle Jets Youth 13 Maitland 12 South Cardiff 9

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The Maitland Magpies play another day in the Northern NSW National Premier League while the Weston Bears were taught a soccer lesson.

The Magpies moved one point off relegation after tying a 1-0 late draw with Charlestown City, but the Bears missed a chance for second place and instead slipped onto the after a 5-1 blow from Hamilton fourth place.

Maitland is now three points ahead of last-placed South Cardiff, two rounds from the end, and Weston, who is guaranteed a semi-final, can land between second and fifth depending on the result.

Magpies manager Reece Thompson said it was far from ideal after having multiple chances at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday, but Joel Wood’s 86th-minute header meant Maitland was more likely to walk away with something than nothing in the round of 16.

“I’ve never seen a soccer game like this. We dominated the second half but just couldn’t score, ”he said.

“We created so many opportunities, but we just couldn’t throw it into the net.

“We probably deserved to win, but after trailing 1-0 10 minutes from time, we’re drawing the draw.

“That gives us a three point lead with two games to go and we have a better goal difference [than South Cardiff]. ”

South Cardiff was beaten 2-0 by leaders Edgeworth on Friday night, leaving the Gunners with nine points and Maitland with twelve points.

Newcastle Jets Youth (13), who were beaten 5-2 at Magic Park by Broadmeadow (26) on Sunday, and Charlestown City (14) are the second best overall.

Adamstown’s play-off ambitions may have been dashed after sixth-placed Rosebud (22) was beaten 6-0 by defending champion Lambton (31).

The Jaffas jumped Weston, 29, to third after the Bears surrendered to Olympic at the Darling Street Oval on Sunday.

Bears manager Trevor Morris, who will not be responsible for the team next year, said it was a terrible feat.

The Bears conceded three goals in the first 15 minutes and two more in the second half before Weston midfielder Garry McDermott opened the guest account.

“We were awful,” said Morris.

“What we’re most proud of was the worst part of our game – the defense.

“We gave them goals because they collapsed in the back and were badly executed.”

Weston is now facing Broadmeadow and Edgeworth on the homeward journey, while Maitland has Lambton and Hamilton.