Rovers bounce back to trounce Lennox with 3-0 victory
RICHMOND Rovers bounced back from their midweek loss to Workers with a solid 3-0 home win over Lennox Head in Football FNC's premier league action.
Rovers' experienced lineup had too much guile and class for a determined young Sharks outfit that missed the on-field leadership of Paul Kirkland.
Flanker Bobby Bugden was dangerous on the right and set up Russell Dent for Rovers opening goal midway through the first half.
The Sharks conceded an own goal from a corner soon after to trail at the break, allowing Rovers some breathing space for the second half.
Jonathan See scored their third goal with the final touch of the game, keeping him on top of the leading scorers list.
Despite the loss, Lennox showed plenty of enthusiasm, with strong games from central defender Aidin Griffiths, teenage 'keeper Jonty Wunsch and busy midfielder Sam Ireland.
The pace of striker Chris Watts troubled Rovers' defence at times, but overall the Sharks lacked sting in front of goals.
Lismore Workers have joined Byron Bay and Thistles as the early ladder leaders after a 2-1 away win over Bangalow.
Flanker Paddy Kable continued his good start to the season, scoring two for the Redmen before the Bluedogs clawed back a late goal from Aryan Feresch.
Lismore Thistles paid a hefty price for their 2-0 away win over Goonellabah.
Goals from Darren Beardow and Matt Weir gave the Blues a comfortable win, but injuries to three key players look likely to rule them out of the Anzac Cup final against Byron Bay.
Top scorer Matt Armstrong suffered a groin strain, robust midfielder Jason Woollett damaged his knee and inspirational captain Beardow came off with a hamstring tear.
In contrast, Byron Bay came through unscathed after the ideal preparation for the final - a comprehensive 7-1 home win over Ballina.
Strikers Conor Cannon and James Tomlinson continued their good form with two goals each, while dynamic midfielder Kazi Tsukamato also bagged a brace.
Former Sutherland premier league player Michael Kelly came off the bench to score, while Ballina's solitary strike from striker Matt Jeffery.
Newly promoted Tintenbar is still struggling to come to terms with the rigours of the premier league, suffering a 7-0 away loss to Alstonville.
Villa striker Liam Giles bagged four goals, while his strike partner Phil Francis chipped in with two.
Flanker Josh Cole also found the net.
- Richmond Rovers 3-0 Lennox Head Sharks;
- Bangalow 1-2 Lismore Workers;
- Goonellabah 0-2 Lismore Thistles;
- Byron Bay Rams 7-1 Ballina;
- Alstonville 7-0 Tintenbvar-East Ballina.
LADDER (AFTER THREE GAMES):
- Byron Bay (9pts),
- Lismore Thistles (9),
- Lismore Workers (9),
- Richmond Rovers (6),
- Bangalow (3),
- Alstonville (3),
- Lennox Head (3),
- Ballina (3),
- Goonellabah (0),
- Tintenbar-East Ballina (0)