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DEFENDING minor premiers Byron Bay are on track for consecutive titles after winning both games of their weekend double header in Far North Coast premier league soccer.
The premiership favourites made it seven wins from seven starts after brushing aside Goonellabah 3-0 at home on Saturday then backing up with an impressive 4-1 away win over the previously undefeated Lismore Workers yesterday.
The win over the Hornets featured goals from James Tomlinson, Sam Owens and former Apia flanker Tyson Kaye.
All three scored again against Workers, along with Michael Kelly, in a stylish performance that left the Redmen well beaten.
Workers had beaten Casino in their Saturday game with late goals from Bill Latimer and Paddy Kable bettering the opening goal from the Cobras' Zac Innes.
But they found the Rams a much harder prospect, with their only goal coming from the penalty spot for Sam Sharkey.
Despite their perfect start, Byron Bay coach Jeremy Sutton remains coy about being seen as premiership favourites, with a rematch of the 2014 grand final against Rovers looming next week.
"I'll wait until after next week before commenting on that," Sutton said.
Alstonville consolidated its place in the top five with a comfortable 4-1 home win over last-placed Ballina.
Despite playing their third game in a week and having several regulars missing, Villa proved too strong for the Seahorses with Jake Arthur claiming his second hat-trick in three games and Zac Illife scoring the other goal.
Matt Jeffery scored the seasiders' solitary goal but they are already starting to look relegation favourites.
Lismore Thistles are back in the top five after a hard- fought 3-1 home win over Lennox Head.
A penalty from Jake Nind and a close-range finish from Darren Beardow gave Thistles a 2-1 lead at half-time, with the Sharks' goal coming from their top scorer Byron Milne.
The only goal in a tight second half came from an error by Sharks goalkeeper Jonty Wunsch, who let a back pass slip under his foot.
Major premiers Richmond Rovers racked up their fifth straight win, downing Bangalow 2-0 on the Bluedogs' home turf with goals from Jake Heffernan and Bobby Bugden.
But Bangalow did manage to pick up its second point of the season by claiming a spirited 2-all away draw against Casino yesterday.