Bluedogs on upward surge
BANGALOW has continued its remarkable turnaround with a 3-0 home win over Lismore Thistles, raising hopes in the Bluedogs camp that they can still avoid relegation from Football FNC premier league soccer.
After losing their first eight games in a row Bangalow looked destined for the cut, but their spirited win over the Blues yesterday marked their fourth game without a loss and they have now embroiled Alstonville and Italo Stars in the relegation battle.
The Bluedogs led 2-0 by half-time thanks to a goal from Taha Belazziz following a telling cross from Aryan Fereisch, followed by a penalty from Joel Rudgley.
The combination of strikers Belazziz and Fereisch worked well for the Bluedogs and when Fereisch netted their third goal with a dipping volley midway through the second half, the match was all over.
Goalkeeper Nathan Phelps was also among the Bluedogs best, producing another fine performance after saving a penalty to help them to a draw in their mid-week clash with Ballina.
“The boys are completely turning it around at the moment and to beat a good side like Thistles by 3-0 is a very good sign for us,” said delighted Bangalow coach, Alex Pratt.
Thistles suffered a double blow in the latter stages of the game with Grant Sinclair suffering concussion and Max Toovey being sent off, in a disappointing day for the Blues.
The result lifts Bangalow to level on points with Alstonville and Stars although both have games in hand, while Thistles remain a point short of the top five.
The remaining four matches scheduled for Saturday were all washed out, adding to the growing list of catch-up games which will lead to a hectic run in to the semi-finals.