Diggers still out in front after Panthers derby round

The Diggers and Panthers tussle for the ball during the second quarter of play in their local derby at the Pambula Sporting Complex.

The Diggers and Panthers tussle for the ball during the second quarter of play in their local derby at the Pambula Sporting Complex.

The Merimbula Diggers have maintained their top-of-the-table status after a close battle with the Pambula Panthers.

The Diggers mustered a 20-point win over the Panthers in the local derby on Saturday at the Pambula Sporting Complex 8-16-64 to 7-1-43.

Some inaccuracy hurt the Diggers with some options on goal coming off too hastily with shots fading wide to pile on behinds.

However, much of that could be contributed to a valiant Pambula defensive effort to flood the back lines and force the snap-kicks after the Panthers had led out of the opening quarter.

Both teams took as many options in front, but the Panthers were able to make more accurate kicks on goals to lead four goals to two in the first quarter.

By the main break, the Diggers were in front by two after hammering in eight behinds.

Unfortunately for the home team, Pambula's scoring all but dried up in the second half, while the Diggers continued to chip away at the scoreboard with a handful of goals and behinds building the score.

Jedd Martyn and Matt Molkentin both bagged doubles for the Diggers, while Sean Smith kicked a pair for the home club.

The Diggers have a bye this weekend, while the Panthers head to Eden to face the Whalers.