Seahorses in unlucky draw
Matt Jeffery was promoted from the Ballina reserves to help the premiers accumulate goals and he fulfilled expectations with a deftly placed shot mid-way through the first half.
Alstonville managed a lucky equaliser from about half-way just before the break.
Ballina striker Troy Percival was in good form and the Seahorses had several half-chances to take the lead before the half-time whistle.
The Seahorses continued to dominate the game throughout the second half and they had two clear chances to grab the lead.
The first was a lofted cross that found Percival unmarked in front of the goal; his first-time touch had the ’keeper wrong-footed but it skimmed outside of the post.
Minutes later the Ballina midfielders broke through Alstonville’s defences and hit the woodwork twice with consecutive shots.
Clint Colless, Tyson Price and Ben Coulter had strong games for Ballina.
The draw is Ballina’s sixth for the season and they will be desperate for a win when they host Lismore Workers this Saturday.
The Ballina reserves had another win and they are firmly entrenched in the top three.
This has been a positive first half of the season for the premier squad and coach Troy Percival has made a positive impact in improving Ballina’s style of play.
With a bit more luck and determination both teams should finish in the season in finals contention.