Workers issue big warning

DANIEL Kelly has put his Lismore Workers' men's premier division rivals on notice - his side is getting into gear again.

Workers are preparing for this Saturday's clash with Lennox Head full of confidence after securing this year's Corey New Cup in emphatic fashion.

A 6-0 victory over Goonellabah FC in the match, which was once again held in memory of much-missed Corey, underlined the continuing improvement of the Richards Oval side after a rain-hampered start to the season.

Coach Kelly said his side was hitting its straps and eyeing more silverware.

"The last couple of weeks have been excellent," he said. "I think it was just getting that consistency of training and playing again.

"We have got a new team and I think getting to know each other was what we needed to do.

"I think we have one of the best squads in the league and the boys know what they have to do."

Spectators and players again turned out in force for the seventh annual staging of the contest.

The day helped participants pay tribute to Corey, who was one of four teenagers killed in a Byron Bay car crash in 2006.

Star of the day was Max Harlen, who claimed a first half hat-trick on his 18th birthday to effectively seal the contest for last year's grand final winners.

Jay Keevers netted two, with younger brother and substitute Matt finishing off the handsome victory for the Redmen.

Kelly praised all his players on the "special" day and highlighted winger Feeny Williamson for his "outstanding:" display.

Although trailing in the wake of high-flying leaders Byron Bay so far this year, Kelly said his side, which has games in hand over most of its rivals, was looking good.

"I think the likes of Byron bay and Bangalow are strong teams," he said. "They have good players and good coaches.

"It seems to be a much-tighter competition this year as well. I think everyone can beat each other."

This week's matches

Richmond Rovers v Goonellabah (Fri, 8pm); Byron Bay v Lismore Thistles (Sat, 3pm); Casino v Italo Stars (Sat, 3pm); Lennox Head v Lismore Workers (Sat, 3pm); Alstonville v Bangalow (Sun, 2.30pm).

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