Anzac Day’s third consecutive Anzac Cup Finals defeat seems to have had little impact on the composure of Byron’s Park Hotel Rams. If anything, the loss appeared to fire the Byron boys up for Saturday’s clash with Richmond Rovers at the Rec Ground. The reserve grade match saw the Rams dominant but frustrated against a tough Rovers side. Despite moving the ball around freely and making plenty of attacking runs, Byron struggled to find a finish. A goal to George Martin put Byron on the board, but a controversial penalty handed Rovers an equaliser. Another controversial decision in the Rovers box denied the Rams a chance to reciprocate and the final score was deadlocked at one apiece.
The Premier Division looked like being an equally dogged affair, a tough battle from end to end for much of the first half. The in-form Rams piled on the pressure until striker Connor Cannon broke away from the Rovers defence to take on and chip the Keeper for the first half’s only goal.
The second half brought more of the same but, with a second and third goal on the board, the Rams’ confidence grew and Rovers form crumbled. The Byron boys were on-song and owned the park — scoring seemingly at will over a completely demoralised Rovers.
Connor Cannon added another three to his personal account while two goals to James Tomlinson and one apiece to George Martin and Dakota Dixon King took the second half tally to seven.
The unprecedented 8-0 scoreline against one of the league’s top teams signal’s Byron’s intent — and ability — to dominate this season’s competition. Game on!
Round 4 of the FFNC championship sees the Rams travel to the Plateau next Sunday for a Mothers Day clash against determined up-and-comers Alstonville. Reserves kick off at 12.30 and the Prems at 2.30.
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