Family Affair Vicki Bugden President, Bobby Bugden Premier reserve coach, and Brian Bugden Premiers coach all have been with the Lismore Richmond Rovers for 102 years Between Them. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star
Family Affair Vicki Bugden President, Bobby Bugden Premier reserve coach, and Brian Bugden Premiers coach all have been with the Lismore Richmond Rovers for 102 years Between Them. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star Doug Eaton

Soccer: Rovers are in rare form

LISMORE Workers face the daunting prospect of having to shut down Richmond Rovers' multi-pronged attack in the first Tursa Anzac Cup soccer semi-final tonight.

Rovers have the home advantage and after racking up 16 goals in winning their three pool games, they will start as favourites.

Rovers coach Bobby Bugden has targeted all three pieces of silverware this year. He wanted his side to hit the ground running, and so far has succeeded.

"Yes, we're in good early form but we need to keep the momentum going and there's plenty of room for improvement," he said.

"We haven't kept a clean sheet yet and we've tended to get a little lazy once we're ahead, so we'll be working on those aspects of our game.

"We can't afford any errors against a good side like Workers, and we'll need to shut down their main playmakers in Paddy Kable and Jay Keevers."

With a full-strength squad, Bugden will start himself up front with in-form strikers Jonathan See and Matthew Olley, who both bagged hat-tricks in last week's 9-2 mauling of Casino.

Behind them is a midfield combination also capable of scoring plenty of goals in Russell Dent, Kurt Walker and Jake Nind.

Workers coach Zac Crowley is aware of Rovers' potent attack after the Red- men lost to them 4-2 in the opening round of the cup.

"It will come down to our defence being committed for every tackle," he said.

"We just can't afford to give them any room to move; they have too many dangerous players."

Crowley will run on a similar line-up to last week and will hope his team can replicate the determination they showed in pulling off a 6-1 win over Bangalow to scrape into the semis.

Kick-off is 8pm.



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