Bombers win fourth straight and jump three clear in second
A TRY double to Evans Head winger Theo Hippi sealed a hard-fought 20-14 win against Byron Bay in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Red Devil Park.
Hippi was denied what looked like a certain try minutes earlier before scoring in the same spot in the 72nd minute.
The Bombers have now won four straight and are one point behind competition leaders Murwillumbah.
"I think they were a bit shocked with what we came up with," Evans Head coach Luke Turner said.
"We had plenty of players on the sideline (injured) and Byron really threw everything they had at us.
"The boys on the field really stood up and we couldn't be happier."
The Bombers shot out to a 10-0 lead after tries to second-rower Eli Cook and Hippi.
The astute kicking game of Evans halfback Trevor Bolt with some classy touches from five-eighth Chris Swann proved difficult for the home side to contain.
Byron hooker Tyler Blanch took matters into his own hands when he burrowed over for a try from dummy half.
A move to centre paid dividends for Red Devils captain-coach Ryan O'Connell with his try levelling the scores at 10-all, just before halftime.
A beautiful chip kick from Bolt ended up back in his hands and he threw a perfect pass for winger William Beale to score out wide early in the second half.
Hippi went on to complete his double before Byron winger Fraser Jones scored a consolation try for the Red Devils.
Best for the Bombers was prop Jarrod Stephenson, lock Jack Wythes and Bolt.
Fullback Brad Lees, prop Simon Kelly and Blanch toiled hard for the home side.
There were no other games at the weekend.
Evans Head 20 (T Hippi 2, E Cook, W Beale tries; N Walmsley 2 goals) def Byron Bay 14 (T Blanch, R O'Connell, F Jones try; J Gordon goal).