Rovers put to the test

FRESH from becoming the first side to beat league leader Goonellabah mid-week, Richmond Rovers have the chance to move within three points of the Hornets when they play Lismore Workers at Richards Oval tonight at 8pm in Football FNC premier league soccer.

While it will be a test of stamina for Rovers as they play their third game in six days, the premiers are determined to keep the pressure on Goonellabahin the hope the Hornets choke over the final four rounds.

Workers are clinging to fifth place and will need to improve on their most recent performance – a 4-0 loss to Alstonville – to have any chance of containing a Rovers side hitting top form after six straight wins.

Phoenix rises

VALENTINE Phoenix has taken out the inaugural Solo Cup in dramatic fashion in the final in Newcastle with a come-from-behind win in a penalty shoot-out after the scores were locked at 1-all.

Despite some heroics by Tim Pratt in goals for Weston that kept the scores level after regulation time, Valentine came out on top in the end, winning the penalty shootout 5-4 and clinching the trophy for the first time.

The Solo Cup knockout attracted team nominations from throughout Northern NSW, including Far North Coast clubs Goonellabah, Byron Bay and South Lismore.



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