Life can be harsh but 13-0 loss is just brutal for 'Bar
TINTENBAR-EAST BALLINA is licking its wounds after experiencing a harsh lesson in the reality of life in Football FNC men's premier league.
The new boys suffered a humiliating 13-0 mauling at the hands of Richmond Rovers as action in the top division continued over the weekend.
The Bar's excitement at being promoted to the top tier for the first time for 2014 is quickly turning into a rude awakening of the enormity of the task at hand.
After a 6-1 loss to Byron Bay in the opening round, the 'Bar was hoping to produce a more competitive performance.
Rovers showed no mercy on their novice opponents though, rattling up a club record scoreline that is also thought to be the league's biggest ever.
Jonathan See also set a new benchmark by scoring a remarkable six goals, while Reid Brewer Charles bagged a hat-trick.
Brad Bugden scored twice on his debut to add more salt to the visitors' wounds.
Luke McWaide and Brendan Fox also joined in the carnage, as Rovers ran riot over a hopelessly outclassed 'Bar.
To compound the losers' woes, they finished with 10-men after Jake O'Grady was sent off.
In contrast, neighbours Ballina is celebrating after its first win since returning to the premier league.
The seasiders produced a strong finish to come from 3-1 down and beat Goonellabah 5-3 at Saunders Park.
Goals from Leroy Duroux, Sam Eyers and an own goal gave the Hornets a 3-1 lead early in the second half, but from there on it was all Ballina.
A hat-trick from Justin Stockham and two goals from Matt Jeffery delivered a memorable win for the Seahorses.
Byron Bay was forced to work hard before earning a 2-1 away win over a spirited Lennox Head.
The Rams led at the break thanks to a well taken goal from striker James Tomlinson, but Sharks' talismanic midfielder Paul Kirkland volleyed home an equaliser.
It took an acutely angled free kick from Irishman Connor Cannon to swing the result Byron's way, leaving coach Damon Bell relieved to come away with the points.
"Credit to Lennox, they're a fit young side and did a lot of running," he said.
"They gave us a much tougher game than we expected."
Likewise, a depleted Lismore Workers did just enough to leave Crawford Park with a hard fought 2-1 win over Alstonville.
The Redmen led early with a goal from Shaun McDonald, but 'keeper Simon Cleaver had to make several vital saves to maintain their lead to half time.
Soon after the restart Paddy Kable broke away from the defence to net Workers' second goal, but they had to endure a nervous finish after Liam Giles clawed a goal back for Villa.
In the remaining match, a goal from Matt Armstrong was enough to give Lismore Thistles a tight 1-0 home win over a spirited Bangalow.