Semis spot on the line
ALSTONVILLE'S hopes of reaching the semi-finals for the first time are at stake when Football FNC men's premier division action continues tonight.
Villa host Lismore Workers tonight with both teams aiming for crucial points.
Troy Taylor's side has finished in sixth place for the last three years in a row and a loss tonight would almost certainly consign them to the same fate yet again.
Workers have already cemented their place in the top five after a comfortable 5-1 win over Italo Stars last Friday.
While the Redmen have had four days to recover, Villa played just two days ago in a solid 4-0 win over Casino.
Liam Giles scored a hat-trick against the Cobras but is unavailable tonight, but with Rick Hanna and Matt Campbell coming back into the side, Villa still has a strong attacking line-up.
In recent years scoring has been an issue for Villa but not this season, with only Byron Bay netting more goals.
Three players share their top scoring honours, with Hanna, Danny Chatterton and Vinnie Leite all on nine goals.
"It's certainly a must win game for us," coach Taylor said. "We'll be holding nothing back."
Workers still have injured flanker Martin Kellehar sidelined and will run on an unchanged line-up, but coach Daniel Kelly is wary of the threat posed by Villa.
"They have some very good attacking players and we're fully aware of just how important this game is for them, so we're braced for a tough one," Kelly said.
"We've got our sights set on taking second place from Byron, so it's pretty important for us too".
Two other catch up games will be played tonight, with Byron Bay expected to take a big step towards sealing second place with a home win over Lennox Head, while Rovers will be looking to consolidate fifth place in their home clash with relegation threatened Italo Stars.
RACE FOR THE FINALS
Workers: Alstonville (Away), Lennox Head (Home), Byron Bay (H)
Richmond Rovers: Italo Stars (H), Goonellabah (A), Thistles (H)
Alstonville: Workers (H), Bangalow (A), Goonellabah (A).