An injury-ravaged Curl Curl returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Harbord at Abbott Road on Saturday.
Goals to Damian Scifo, Matt Cooper and a long-range stunner from Alex Hatzi secured Anthony Seminara’s side a valuable three points after a difficult few weeks.
The Curl Curl boss was pleased with how his side performed considering their current circumstances.
“Never in my years of being a coach have I ever experienced so many injuries,” he said.
“So for the boys to step up and get a result with the amount of players we have out it was good to see.
“It wasn’t as easy as the scoreline suggested. I’d like to complement Harbord and their coach Paul (Mulligan) for how they about their business – they’re a better side than where the competition ladder puts them.
“They battled hard and we had to work really hard for the win.”
Curl Curl famously tasted victory in the Grand Final last season after scraping into the finals in fourth spot.
This season, they will need to leapfrog the likes of Pittwater, Strikers and Seaforth into second if they are to have a shot at defending their crown.
“I’m not trying to be cliché but all we can do is win and see what happens,” Seminara said.
“We don’t look for excuses when we don’t win, we look for reasons to win.
“We just want to go about our business and while we keep winning it should keep us there or thereabouts; that’s all we can do at the moment.
“While there’s a chance, we’ll keep fighting.”
In other results, Pittwater slipped up again in a 1-1 draw with Narrabeen, allowing for Brookvale to extend their lead on the summit after a 1-0 victory over Saints.
A Sam Webber hat-trick saw CC Strikers recover a 2-0 deficit to stun Manly Vale 3-2, while Mosman defeated Seaforth 2-0 and Wakehurst accounted for local rivals BTH 4-2.