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Rams are looking to bounce back

WINNER: James Tomlinson drove home the Rams' winning goal to put the Byron top-squad through to the Grand Final Photo: Dogwhistle Photo Contributed
WINNER: James Tomlinson drove home the Rams' winning goal to put the Byron top-squad through to the Grand Final Photo: Dogwhistle Photo Contributed Contributed

BYRON BAY are looking to bounce back from their FFA Cup exit last weekend when they host Bangalow in Far North Coast premier league soccer this afternoon.

Second-placed Byron Bay remains the only undefeated side this season going into the clash with the Bluedogs.

The Rams are without Ronan Krarup, who broke his leg in the FFA Cup loss to Maitland, while forwards Aaron Walker and Gianluca Bongiovanni are also absent.

Forward Joel Wood returns from suspension and Jonathan Pierce also comes into the line-up.

Byron Bay coach Damon Bell expects Bangalow to come out firing and stressed the importance of his side playing its own game.

"I know they'll come out with everything they have; we'll just stick to our game plan,” Bell said.

"We're just going to keep playing the same way we have been recently with our new shape.

"As long as we play the way we played against Maitland, that's all we have to do.”

Bangalow are without defensive duo Bryn Hicks and Dustin Rudgley but are boosted by the recent return of Josh Cole.

Bluedogs coach Neil Fuller said his reshuffled side must take its chances today.

"Byron are a good side,” he said.

"We will have to defend well. They score plenty of goals, they're a quick and very fit side. We just have to do our best to try to play our own game.

"It's like any game of football - we have to make sure when we do get chances we take them. That's let us down a bit so far this season.”

Two sides looking to push up the ladder, Casino and Goonellabah, meet at Colley Park, Casino, today.

The Hornets are looking to return to winning ways after losing two on the trot while Casino are looking to build on the four competition points they've collected in the past two weeks.

Lismore Thistles face a short turn- around following Thursday night's 1-all draw with Italo Stars when they take on Alstonville at Southern Cross Football Centre today.

Third-placed Lennox Head travel to Barrow Lane to face Stars tomorrow to round out the weekend action.