Alstonville’s Phil Francis on the ball in their 1-0 loss to Lennox Head.
Alstonville’s Phil Francis on the ball in their 1-0 loss to Lennox Head. Vicki Kerry

Bay team focuses on all-out attack

ALL-OUT attack will be the directive from Byron Bay coach Peter Ware when the unbeaten Rams host major premiers Goonellabah at 3pm.

The Bay sits on top of the ladder after winning all three games so far, with their attacking style already yielding 15 goals.

"We don't play with a focus on strikers, we like to give everybody in the side a chance to push forward and score," Ware said.

"We'll attack them down the flanks, we'll attack them down the middle, we'll attack from everywhere."

The policy is paying dividends, with seven of their 10 field players already finding the net and Tom Ruhl and Aaron Richter Steers racking up four goals each.

Ware will add pacey winger Tim Knight to the line-up that downed minor premiers Richmond Rovers 4-3. The Hornets will be looking to bounce back after a 2-0 loss to Rovers in their last game, with coach Mark Ambler quietly confident they can defuse the Rams' explosive attack.

"We respect Byron, they have the points on the board so far, but we'll employ the appropriate tactics to respond to their game," he said. "We're familiar with how they've played the last few years and we don't think it'll be any different this time round."

Lismore Workers will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season when they take on an Alstonville outfit desperate to kick-start their campaign at 8pm.

Villa has the home advantage, but after winning just one of their three games, desperately need to start finding form before losing touch with the leaders.

But Workers' bigger and more experienced side presents a huge challenge for the youthful Villa squad, which needs someone to step up and start scoring goals.

Newly promoted Lennox Head has been the surprise side of the competition so far and will be looking for its third win from as many starts, when they host Casino tomorrow at 3pm.

Sharks striker Aaron Gray will be missing after scoring the winner against Alstonville last week and then being sent off, while Casino will miss sweeper Jeremy Wraight through suspension.

Lismore Thistles will be hoping to shrug off its poor start to the season with a big win over Italo Stars, when they meet at Barrow Lane tomorrow at 5pm.

The Blues have won just one of their three games and while they will be favoured, will have to do it without star midfielder Darren Beardow who has a hamstring tear and keeper Nick Baker, who is out for at least eight weeks with a torn quad.

Three games are set down for Sunday, with the highlight being Richmond Rovers home clash with an improving Ballina.

The other two Sunday matches will be catch-up games, with all four sides backing up as Lennox Head host Lismore Workers and Goonelabah travels to Italo Stars grounds. All Sunday games kick off at 2.30pm.



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