The Weston Bears found plenty to like in their 1-0 loss to Edgeworth Eagles in the opening round of the Heritage Cup on Friday night.
Weston are in action again tonight when they take on New Lambton who put debutants Kurri Kurri to the sword in an 11-3 rout.
Riley Taylor and Luke Jovcevski both notched four goals each for New Lambton while Aaron Comerford, Sam Whyburn and Liam Stephenson scored for Kurri.
The goals are likely to keep on flowing with Kurri Kurri facing Edgeworth on Wednesday before Weston on Friday.
Cessnock City's clash against Adamstown Rosebud on Friday was cancelled because of rain.
The round two fixture between the Hornets and Merewether Advance has also been cancelled.
He is making first graders look like fools at times he is that good.Craig Stoker on young gun Regan Fitzpatrick
The result will stand as a 3-0 win for Merewether, as Cessnock were unable to field a team for the rescheduled fixture.
Weston Bears assistant coach Craig Stoker said there was very good patches of football from both teams in Friday night's clash.
Stoker said experienced trio Nathan Morris, Robbie Turnbull and Chris Hurley had strong games, but the highlight was the performance of teenager Regan Fitzpatrick.
"He started and went back on later in the game and was very good," Stoker said.
"He is making first graders look like fools at times he is that good. He is well-built, but very, very skillful, smart and technically very good."
Adamstown recruit Connor Heydon started for the Bears. However, Jarryd Sutherland (Olympic) missed the game with injury, but was expected to be back on the training track on Tuesday night.
Unfortunately, young midfielder Max Foster continued his unlucky run with injury.
"It looks like he has damaged his ankle pretty bad, He went up for a ball and came down awkwardly. We'll wait on scans to see if it is ligament or bone damage," Stoker said.
"Hopefully it's only minor and he will be back in a week or two. He has had some bad luck, he was playing well and training the house down.
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"He had a bad year last year with injuries. He was looking very strong before the injury, he spent a lot of time in the gym to build himself up and then something like that happens.
"It's really disappointing for him."
Stoker said the other pleasing aspect from the game was that they got plenty of on-field time into a number of players coming up through the 18s and 20s teams.
"There were a lot of kids come into the team and they really stood up," he said.
"It is good to give the young guys a run. It's good to see what is coming up through the ranks."