RIGHT: Alstonville FC’s Zakale Iliffe (left) in recent action against Bangalow FC. Iliffe will be hoping his side can snare an important win over Lismore Workers in tonight’s Football FNC men’s premier division action.
RIGHT: Alstonville FC’s Zakale Iliffe (left) in recent action against Bangalow FC. Iliffe will be hoping his side can snare an important win over Lismore Workers in tonight’s Football FNC men’s premier division action.

Finals action on the line

ALSTONVILLE will be looking to emerge as a genuine semi-final contender by upsetting Lismore Workers when Football FNC men's premier division action resumes tonight.

The two teams meet at Richards Oval in what is shaping as an important contest.

Both sides could do with securing three points to strengthen their hopes of finals footy this year.

After some narrow losses to highly-ranked sides in recent weeks, Villa coach Troy Taylor is upbeat about the chances of surprising the reigning major premiers.

"We've been playing well and feel we've done enough to be higher up the ladder," he said. "We just need to start finishing games off."

Taylor is likely to rest key defender Eamon Banks, with Nick Steel taking his place, but it is their attack that holds the key.

With Troy Cook, Rick Hanna, Danny Chatterton and former Workers flanker Vinnie Liete to call on, Villa have plenty of attacking options. The Redmen also showed their attacking prowess with a 6-1 win over Lennox Head in their last start, setting the stage for what could be a high-scoring affair. Kick-off is at 8pm.

The other scheduled contest between Richmond Rovers and Lennox Head Sharks has been washed out. Sharks are still seeking their first league win of the season after a difficult start to the campaign.

Reigning minor premiers Rovers will now be hoping to resume action against Lismore Thistles on Friday night. With Thistles top of the ladder and undefeated, the match promises to be a classic East Lismore derby.

FNC men's premier division ladder:

  • Lismore Thistles (PL8, 20pts),
  • Byron Bay (8, 18),
  • Bangalow (7, 15),
  • Richmond Rovers (6, 15),
  • Lismore Workers (5, 10),
  • Alstonville (7, 9),
  • Goonellabah FC (8, 8),
  • Lennox Head (6, 2),
  • Casino (8, 2),
  • Italo Stars (7, 2).


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