Bangalow needs win to remain a threat to soccer leaders
BANGALOW’S hopes of staying in touch with the ladder leaders will hinge on a home win against an improving Italo Stars in Far North Coast premier league soccer today.
After winning three of their four games, the Bluedogs’ new-look line-up is playing well and looks capable of a top-five finish.
But to take the next step and threaten for premiership honours, this is the sort of game they have to win.
Coach Neil Fuller will run on the same side that came from behind to down Casino 3-1 and has strikers Sam Ireland and Daniel Crisante returning on the bench.
“We have several key players who will be away for different reasons in the coming months, so we really need to accumulate as many points as we can now,” Fuller said.
While their deadly front line of Byron Milne, Josh Cole and Rory Devlin will see the Bluedogs start firm favourites, there are signs Stars might be capable of springing an upset.
With confidence boosted by their first win and new signing Damien Keevers combining well with Clint Willoughby in midfield, the team is coming together.
Veteran striker Wayne Mortimer proved he is still a force after a classy goal last week, and with young prospects such as Reggie Sharp and Jack Turner coming through the ranks, the Bluedogs will have no room for complacency.
Kick-off is 3pm.
The Richmond Rovers juggernaut is expected to roll on with a home win over Lennox Head today.
The undefeated ladder leaders should be relatively untroubled against a Sharks side with just one win and a scoring rate lower than any other side.
Likewise, second-placed Byron Bay will be hot favourites to win their away clash with Casino, who have leaked more goals than any other side.
Both games start at 3pm.
FFA Cup clash
BANGALOW will play Urunga in the next round of soccer’s FFA Cup.
The fixture has been set down for Saturday, May 21, at Bangalow starting at 2pm.
It is hoped to book the SCU field in Lismore as a wet weather alternative.
The FFA Cup fixture means the Bangalow v Richmond Rovers game in the FNC premier league originally set down for that date will need to be rescheduled.