Matt Armstrong landed a memorable hat-trick for Lismore Thistles against Byron Bay Rams on Saturday. He will be hoping to fire his team to victory against Lennox Head Sharks tonight.
Matt Armstrong landed a memorable hat-trick for Lismore Thistles against Byron Bay Rams on Saturday. He will be hoping to fire his team to victory against Lennox Head Sharks tonight. Steve Mackney

Thistles, Byron poised to gain a lead on ladder

LISMORE Thistles and Byron Bay have the chance to break away from the chasing pack when Football FNC men's premier league action continues tonight.

Both face tricky matches as they aim to continue their excellent start to the season.

Top of the table Thistles will be favoured to win its home clash against Lennox Head, who are still chasing their first win.

The Blues will be missing striker Ryan Parmenter and midfielder Chad Applegate, but will still be bubbling with confidence after their classy 4-1 win over Byron on Saturday.

It was a notable triumph for the Thistles, helped by a stunning hat-trick for Matt Armstrong.

Armstrong's treble was part of an exciting weekend of action in the competition.

Italo Stars' Lee Simpson, Dean Casey (Casino Cobras) and Kurt Walker, of Lismore Workers, all struck hat-tricks for their respective clubs.

Second placed Byron will travel to Weston Park to take on Goonellabah tonight, and despite the absence of central defender Ian Lenie, look too strong for the Hornets on paper.

But after a surprise 2-2 draw with Rovers on the weekend, Goonellabah look to be on the improve leaving no room for complacency from the Rams.

Both games kick off at 8pm.



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