Hapless Rovers suffer record loss to raging Byron Bay Rams
RICHMOND Rovers have suffered the biggest loss in the club's long premier league history, crashing to a humiliating 8-0 defeat at the hands of a rampant Byron Bay Rams.
After losing the Anzac Cup final last week, Byron took out their frustrations on a hapless Rovers who spectacularly unravelled in the second half of Saturday's clash.
The 1-0 half-time scoreline at the Bay gave little hint of the carnage to follow as the Rams ran riot with seven second-half goals.
Irishman Conor Cannon starred with four, while his strike partner James Tomlinson bagged two and Dakota Dixon King and George Martin one each.
Stunned Rovers coach Brian Bugden was at a loss to explain the capitulation.
"I don't know what happened," he said.
"We conceded two quick goals after the break and the heads seemed to go down.
"We had a shocker. They were three classes above us."
Byron coach Damon Bell was delighted with his side's performance.
"We haven't beaten one of the top sides like that before," he said.
"We strung our passes together and the couple of changes we made worked well.
"In the end we showed Rovers can be vulnerable under pressure".
Lismore Thistles have maintained their undefeated record but had to work hard against a stubborn Ballina before coming away from Saunders Park with a 3-1 win.
The Blues led at the break thanks to a goal from Darren Beardow, but the Seahorses sniffed an upset when David Bowder scored on the counter to equalise midway through the second half.
Thistles hit back with goals from Nathan McCann and Ryan Parmenter to wrap up a hard-earned win, giving them a share of top spot on the ladder with Byron Bay.
A 10-man Alstonville defied the odds with a spirited 3-1 away win over Lennox Head.
A goal from Conan Griffith gave Lennox the edge at half-time before Zak Lliffe levelled the scores for Villa.
A second yellow card for Villa's Phil Francis meant he was sent off but the dismissal only served to lift his side and they went on to win thanks to two goals from quicksilver striker Liam Giles.
Bangalow had a scare from Tintenbar in yesterday's game but managed to hang on to register a 2-1 away win.
- Byron Bay 8-0 Richmond Rovers
- Tintenbar East-Ballina 1-2 Bangalow
- Lennox Head 1-3 Alstonville
- Ballina 1-3 Lismore Thistles
- Goonellabah v Lismore Workers postponed
(after four rounds)
- Byron Bay (12pts)
- Lismore Thistles (12)
- Lismore Workers (9)
- Richmond Rovers (6)
- Bangalow (6)
- Alstonville (6)
- Lennox Head (3)
- Ballina (3)
- Goonellabah (0)
- Tintenbar-East Ballina (0)
ROUND FIVE FIXTURES:
- Goonellabah v Tintenbar (Friday)
- Richmond Rovers v Ballina (Saturday)
- Bangalow v Lennox Head (Saturday)
- Lismore Thistles v Lismore Workers (Saturday)
- Alstonville v Byron Bay (Sunday)