CESSNOCK coach Todd Edwards labelled the Goannas' 32-14 win over Macquarie at Cessnock Sportsground on Saturday a "step in the right direction".
The victory followed consecutive losses and moved Cessnock into fourth, but the experienced coach won't be satisfied until the Goannas improve their consistency.
"It doesn't matter what the sport or what the level, you have to be consistent," Edwards said. "Wests and Souths have found consistency and none of the rest of us have.
"For us it was a very important win after two losses. It was good but we know we can be better. We have set a standard and we can be better than that. At least it was step in the right direction."
After conceding an early try to Matt Simon, Cessnock ran in the next three to lead 18-4 at the break.
The Scorpions hit back to cut the margin to 22-14 midway through the second half. But tries to halfback Callen Edwards and winger Seaton Reid sealed the win.
'"Harry O'Brien was good at the back," Edwards said.
"Steve Waetford came back from injury and was solid. Seaton Reid came up from reserve garde and was good. There wasn't many bad ones. All the boys had a crack."
In the other game Saturday, Souths won a seesawing affair with Maitland 24-16 at Townson Oval.
After the scores were locked at 12-all at half-time, Souths skipped out to a 20-12 lead. But in the end the Lions needed a late try to Heath Gibbs to seal the victory.
The win was the Lions' seventh and strengthened their hold on second spot.