No fear of Spiders here: Goldminers aim to enter back half with a bang

THE Bathurst Goldminers put their spot in the top half of the Waratah Youth League men’s division two competition on the line this Saturday against the Hornsby Spiders.

WE'RE BACK: Nick Smith and the Bathurst Goldminers start back-to-back home games with a meeting against Hornsby Spiders this Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

WE'RE BACK: Nick Smith and the Bathurst Goldminers start back-to-back home games with a meeting against Hornsby Spiders this Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Goldminers will be buoyed by their 125-62 win over the Central Coast Waves last round, in which Bathurst’s offence was unstoppable.

The season-high score from the Goldminers is an ideal way to enter back-to-back home games at the Bathurst Indoor Sports Stadium.

“Coming off a win gives the guys a lot of confidence. They’re in high spirits and they’ll be feeling good about this game,” he said.

“Hornsby, for a long time, have been a strong association. When we played them at home last year we only managed to get up in the last couple of seconds.

“You can’t take a team like them lightly. You’ve got to be at your best for games like this.”

Goldminers were lucky to escape with a win at Bathurst Indoor Sports Stadium in last season’s match against the Spiders.

Kobe Mansell was fouled in the Goldminers’ backcourt during the dying seconds and held his nerve at the free throw line.

Mansell sunk all three free throws and Bathurst escaped with a 63-62 win.

Both teams come to this year’s contest at Bathurst virtually level on the ladder.

Goldminers can jump from ninth to seventh should they win but a Hornsby success could send Bathurst down to 11th depending on other results.

Goldminers are expected to field a full strength team for the match at Saturday 6pm.