REDMEN V VILLA: Thistles Jake Nind on the attack against Alstonville’s Jake Arthur in FNC soccer last weekend. Villa hosts Lismore Workers tonight.
REDMEN V VILLA: Thistles Jake Nind on the attack against Alstonville’s Jake Arthur in FNC soccer last weekend. Villa hosts Lismore Workers tonight. Steve Mackney

Desperate times as depleted Workers face Villa

LISMORE Workers faces an emergency situation when its badly depleted line-up travels to Crawford Park, Alstonville, tonight to take on a full-strength Villa in Far North Coast premier league soccer.

Last week's 5-1 thrashing from Rovers was the fourth loss on the trot for the Redmen, leaving them outside the top five.

Their season has been dogged by constant injuries and weekly line-up changes, and with at least six regulars missing again tonight, the trend will continue.

With numerous reserves also unavailable, even coach Zac Crowley will be forced to lace-up the boots for the first time this season in the lower grade, before backing up on the bench for premiers.

"It'll be a makeshift line-up yet again and it has been happening every week," Crowley said.

"But a win could be a turning point in our season and get us back into the top five, so we're going out there to win it."

Fourth-placed Villa remain unbeaten on home soil and with Phil Francis returning to bring them to full strength, will start as firm favourites.

With an attacking 4-3-3 format featuring top scorer Jake Arthur up front with Rick Hanna and Josh Cole, Villa has a dangerous look, but after some recent losses, coach Mark Ambler will be calling on his players to produce.

"This is a home game for us, so we have to go out there and dominate from the start, focus on our own game plan, and win it," Ambler said.

Kick off is 8pm.

In other games this weekend, competition leaders Byron Bay takes on bottom-placed Ballina at home tomorrow.

Elsewhere, Richmond Rovers takes on Casino while Bangalow hosts Lismore Thistles.

Goonellabah and Lennox Head complete the round on Sunday.



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