Young Magpies gain momentum

Forbes Magpies 18s have made it two wins from two in the opening rounds of the Maas Group Western Youth League.

The young Magpies recorded a 16-6 win over Mudgee at Dubbo on the weekend.

Coach Brad McMillan was happy with their success, but acknowledged the Magpies' ball control wasn't the best in the wet conditions that greeted them.

Given the short preparation, though, he's happy with the way the side is shaping up.

"Our attack was a bit clunky, but I was happy with our defensive effort," McMillan said.

"We only had three or four weeks (of training before competition) to get our structures together."

The Magpies' attack is likely to be their focus at training this week.

"Once we get a few combinations together we will be right," McMillan said.

"Last week we focussed on defence and they took that work into the game. This week we'll spend a bit of time on our attacking structures."

They also need to work on their fitness but Forbes isn't alone in that and the games are split into four quarters with unlimited interchange to assist.

The Magpies are fortunate to have plenty of players in their squad, the coach trying to give a squad of 22 game time.

"That's a good headache to have," McMillan acknowledged.

The unique competition will now be divided into pools with Forbes expected to face Canowindra in the next round.

The other clubs in our pool are Cowra and Parkes.

MAAS GROUP WESTERN YOUTH LEAGUE ROUND 2

MACQUARIE RAIDERS 28 defeated COWRA MAGPIES 4

DUBBO CYMS 10 defeated PARKES 0

WELLINGTON 32 defeated CANOWINDRA  6

FORBES MAGPIES 16 defeated MUDGEE DRAGONS 6

ORANGE CYMS 34 defeated ORANGE HAWKS 0

BATHURST ST PAT'S 28 defeated BATHURST PANTHERS 7

Sean Towney looks for a way through CYMS defence in the Magpies' opener at Spooner Oval.

Sean Towney looks for a way through CYMS defence in the Magpies' opener at Spooner Oval.