Workers end Villa's unbeaten home streak in brutal 7-1 win
LISMORE Workers have shown just what they are capable of when at their best with a merciless 7-1 pounding of Alstonville at Crawford Park, Alstonville, on Tuesday night in Far North Coast premier league soccer.
Previously unbeaten on home soil, Villa had no answer to the rampant Redmen, who had the game wrapped up by half-time after racing to a 6-1 lead.
There were two goals each for Paddy Kable and Jonty Miller, who were joined on the scoresheet by Sam Sharkey and the Keevers brothers, Jay and Matt.
Workers had been hot and cold leading up to the crucial encounter, but the stunning win has elevated them into joint third place with Lennox Head, while Villa drops to fifth.
"We finally did what we've been trying to do for the past month," delighted Workers coach Zac Crowley said.
"We were more direct in attack, kept things simple and were also strong physically, so it was a great all-round performance to earn our biggest win of the year."
Villa coach Mark Ambler agreed.
"Their first half performance was of the highest quality," he said.
There were predictable wins for the top two sides in the other two games on Tuesday night, allowing unbeaten league leader Byron Bay to maintain its seven-point buffer on the ladder over second-placed Richmond Rovers.
The Bay had a 3-1 away win over cellar- dweller Ballina, with goals from James Tomlinson and Michael Kelly, along with new signing and dual Golden Boot winner Jordy Campbell.
Rovers' player-coach Bobby Bugden starred in their 4-1 home win over Casino with a hat-trick.
Russell Dent netted their fourth goal, with Dean Casey scoring a late consolation penalty for the outclassed Cobras.