Villa’s hopes alive
ALSTONVILLE kept its semi-final hopes alive in spectacular fashion, with a well constructed 3-0 home win over Lismore Workers in FFNC's premier league on Tuesday night.
The pace and cohesion of Villa's game condemned the 2012 major premiers to their biggest loss of the season, putting their place in the top three under threat. Villa flankers Vinnie Leite and Rick Hanna were instrumental in the win, with Leite setting up Hanna for the opening goal, before scoring himself.
Danny Chatterton also capped a strong game with Villa's third goal, in a massive boost to team confidence as well as their semi prospects.
"We had a game plan for Workers and executed it well and we now feel ready to take on any side in the league" said coach Troy Taylor.
The win lifts Villa to within two points of fifth placed Bangalow, setting the stage for a critical encounter when the two sides meet at Bangalow on Saturday.
If Villa can down the Bluedogs and then back up with a final round victory over lowly Goonellabah, their long-awaited first appearance in the semis will become a reality.
Byron Bay has wrapped up second place and with it the home advantage for the major semi final, after a 4-0 home win over Lennox Head.
Striker Seb Bell led the way with another hat trick, giving him an almost unassailable lead in the Golden Boot award. Defender Lucas O'Donnell also found the net for the free scoring Rams who are averaging four goals a game.
Richmond Rovers have taken fourth place from Bangalow, thanks to a comfortable 5-1 home win over Italo Stars.
Striker Jonathan See is finding form before the semis and after a hat trick against Bangalow on Saturday, again bagged a treble.
Josh Wraight scored Stars solitary goal but they now face a virtual relegation grand final, against Casino on Saturday.