Eleventh win in a row seals second spot for Rovers
RICHMOND Rovers have taken second place in the Football Far North Coast Premier League after completing their barnstorming finish to the premiership rounds with a 2-0 home win over rivals Lismore Thistles.
It was the 11th win in a row for the rampant Rovers, who will now have the home advantage in the major preliminary semi against Lismore Workers on Saturday. Thistles' unconvincing performance has left them in fourth place and facing a short turnaround before their sudden-death elimination semi against an ambitious Alstonville at Thistles Park tomorrow night.
Rovers coach Brian Bugden had promised they would come out with all guns blazing and that's exactly what they did, with Russell Dent heading home a whipping corner from Jonathan See after just five minutes.
The rehearsed set-piece caught the Blues' defence off guard and they began to make some nervous errors under pressure.
It took until the second half for Thistles to exert some serious pressure on Rovers, but they handled it well, with central defenders Scott Flynn and Adam Gray having strong games, leaving goalkeeper Dean Morgan with little to do.
The result was sealed in the dying moments when Rovers were awarded a penalty after Brad Bugden was brought down in the box. Golden Boot winner See stepped forward to slot his 28th goal of the season, equalling the record set last year by Byron Bay's Seb Bell.
One other catch-up game was played on Tuesday night, with Tintenbar's first season in the top flight ending in relegation after a 5-2 home loss to Ballina.