Bangalow captain Joel Rudgley in action.
Bangalow captain Joel Rudgley in action.

Big win for Goonellabah

Goonellabah remain undefeated in the Men’s Premier Division pointscore competition, and after scoring an extraordinary six goals against Byron Bay last week, the Hornets should be brimming with confidence. They host Ballina this Saturday in a 3pm kick-off, and after the seasiders crashed and burned against Pottsville Beach last week, it is expected that they will come out firing in this clash.

Mark Ambler’s men will realise that every win creates more motivation for opposition teams to be the first to defeat the high flying Hornets. Ballina coach Rod Troughton may focus on the fact that Goonellabah leaked four goals in their victory against Byron Bay and that his team put five past Rovers in that same round, proving that they can score.

Byron Bay host Lismore Thistles who have been flying under the radar and sit equal second on the table. Coach Peter Ware continues to face the challenge of injuries to several players and after an impressive start to 2010, two recent losses and an upcoming State Cup fixture, has put the Rams under some additional pressure. After an indifferent season last year, the Blues seemed to have found more resolve and this will be an important test for them.

Bangalow are still searching for their first win and meet Pottsville Beach on the wide open spaces of Bangalow West field. Captain courageous Joel Rudgley is doing his best to inspire the Bluedogs, and a narrow loss last week against Rovers may have given the team some belief that a win is not far away. A big vocal crowd is expected and their support will be needed as Pottsville Beach will be looking to continue their goal fest from last week.

In a 5 o’clock match at Barrow Lane, North Lismore, two of the toughest sides in the last decade meet in very different positions on the ladder. Stars are still winless and gained a solitary point last week with a draw. Rovers have moved into the top five, but are not the impenetrable outfit of recent years. Spectators can expect rival player coaches Tim Sheridan and Stars Rick Austen to play important roles in the outcome.

The sole Sunday fixture is a 2.30pm start at Richards Oval when Workers meet Alstonville.


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