ON THE BALL: Russell Dent was again solid in the Rovers midfield in a pulsating clash against Thistles on Saturday.
ON THE BALL: Russell Dent was again solid in the Rovers midfield in a pulsating clash against Thistles on Saturday. Steve Mackney

Rams on track for consecutive minor premiership titles

BYRON Bay remains on track for consecutive minor premiership titles after a classy 4-0 home win over Alstonville on Saturday in Far North Coast premier league soccer.

The Rams remain the only undefeated side after nine rounds and have extended their lead on top of the ladder to five points over second-placed Richmond Rovers.

A first half goal from quicksilver striker Tyson Kaye had the Rams ahead by the break, before they overran Villa with second half goals from Sam Owens, Ian Lowe and captain Shaun Packham.

The pace of the Rams proved too much for Villa, with Packham a standout in a well-rounded performance, along with Kaye and Alejo Villasana, leaving coach Jeremy Sutton well satisfied.

"There were periods in the game where we played as well as we have all year. The key now is to keep it up," Sutton said.

Lismore Thistles were lucky to escape with a tense 1-1 draw after finishing with 10 men in a torrid East Lismore derby against Richmond Rovers at Nielson Park.

The ever-present Russell Dent found space to tap in a corner at the far post to open Rovers' scoring after 10 minutes before Matt Armstrong hit back for the Blues for a 1-1 halftime scoreline.

Rovers dominated the second half, with new signing Kurt Walker looking dangerous up front.

Walker almost won the game for Rovers 10 minutes from the end when he broke clear, forcing Blues defender Max Hospers to bring him down in the box.

Hospers was shown the red card but Ben Morgan missed the ensuing penalty, allowing Thistles to hold on for a fortunate point.

Lennox Head's semi-final campaign has been boosted by a 3-1 away win over danger side Casino.

The Sharks showed plenty of intensity in the first half, racing to a 3-0 lead by the break after two goals from Gus McDonnell and another from the league's top scorer Byron Milne.

The Sharks coasted home for a valuable away win before a late consolation goal from the Cobras.

Goonellabah has kept it's semi hopes alive after a surprise 4-0 away win over a lack lustre effort from Lismore Workers.

Bangalow and Ballina are both still chasing their first win, after a 1-1 draw between the wooden spoon contenders at Bangalow.



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