Dogged performer: The Bangalow Bulldogs’ Caio Fabris runs the ball at the Hornets defence in the premier league game at Weston Park, Goonellabah, on Saturday.
Dogged performer: The Bangalow Bulldogs’ Caio Fabris runs the ball at the Hornets defence in the premier league game at Weston Park, Goonellabah, on Saturday. Marc Stapelberg

Hornets maintain undefeated record

GOONELLABAH is threatening to make the Football FNC premier league soccer minor premiership a one-horse race after opening up a nine-point gap on top of the ladder with a 3-1 home win over Bangalow.

Hornets striker Dave Annetts continued his rich vein of form with two well-taken goals on Saturday, giving the league’s top scorer 11 in eight games.

His first came in the opening minutes with a clever chip over the Bluedogs’ stand-in ’keeper Aryan Fereisch, before Reece Osborne made it 2-0 with a brilliant solo burst and angled finish.

Within minutes of Osborn’s goal the Bluedogs hit back with a free kick from Joel Rudgley that found Ricky Small at the far post.

Small used good technique to drive his volley into the ground and past Hornets ’keeper Brad Robertson for a 2-1 half-time scoreline, putting the Bluedogs back in the game.

But Annetts wrapped up the match for the Hornets with his second goal, using his strength to withstand a defensive challenge before wrong-footing the ’keeper and tapping the ball into the corner of the net.

“It was our third game in a week and it’s been draining, but the boys are getting the rewards for all the hard work they’ve been putting in,” coach Mark Ambler said.

The win maintains Goonellabah’s undefeated record and with a nine-point buffer on top of the ladder and no injury concerns, the Hornets are looking like unbackable favourites for their first minor premiership since 2005.

The result left Bangalow still without a win on the foot of the ladder and, with one of their best players in sweeper Connor Benfield playing his last game, they remain the relegation favourites.



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