Sharks prepare to take on Villa
LENNOX Head has a golden opportunity to break into the top five when they host Alstonville tonight in Far North Coast premier league soccer.
The Sharks impressed with a well-constructed 3-2 win over Lismore Workers on Saturday, and did so without five regulars who will all return to the line-up tonight.
Key defenders Ihsan Sauran and Karl DeGroot will both be back, along with Lachlan Copeland, Luke Wakefield and Aryan Freriechs.
With the Sharks just three points behind fifth-placed Lismore Thistles, a win will lift them into semi final calculations, but coach Troy Taylor is well aware of the threat posed by third-placed Villa.
"The best side I've seen so far is Byron Bay, but Villa has the potential to be their equal and if we also want to be a contender, this is the sort of game we have to win," Taylor said.
The Sharks' cause will be helped by the absence of several of Villa's top players, including attacking midfielder Phil Francis, who was sent off in their 3-1 win over Bangalow on Saturday.
With keeper Peter Weingarth and defender Brody Parker also unavailable, Villa could be vulnerable to the Sharks' possession-based game, and their wealth of goal-scoring options.
Sharks striker Byron Milne scored twice against Workers to become the top scorer in the league with eight goals, and with Jervis Foley and Gus McDonnell also in good touch, Villa will have no room for complacency.
But Villa is also not short on motivation, knowing that a win will lift them into a share of second place with Richmond Rovers, just three points adrift of league leader Byron Bay.
Kick off is 8pm.