Last Friday evening the Byron Bay Rams travelled to Bangalow for what is always a lively and fiercely contested round of the FFNC competition. Both games lived up to expectations and were fiery clashes with lots action. In reserves, the Rams came out firing and dominated most of the play. Byron's slick passing game was making inroads in the Bangalow defence and after a number of close calls Nolan Pierce tapped in from close range. The second half saw Bangalow come out firing and they soon equalised. The final 1-all score has the Rams maintaining their third spot on the ladder.
Best for the Rams were Lachlan Baynes in goals, Corey, Jonathan Pierce and Todd Knaus. Special thanks to the three first and third division players who helped the Rams field a full team, Menno Koopmans, Peter Link and George Roberts.
In Premier Division, the atmosphere was intense from the opening whistle. Once again the Rams started brightly with all facets of the Rams play looking sharp. Sequoya Rawson-Smith was on fire and on three occasions left the Bangalow defence wanting with his skill and pace. The Bangalow goalkeeper, however, thwarted his efforts with three fine saves. Byron 'keeper, Pierce Essery, was outstanding at the other end, with two spectacular saves of his own.
The match became a high-speed game of chess with rapid move and counter move by both sides. James Tomlinson was kept busy in midfield while the Packham brothers, Lucas O'Donnell and Nick Baker were as solid as a rock wall in defence.
The pace of Sam Owens finally pierced the Bangalow defence. The Bangalow keeper deflected his shot but George Martin was on hand to slot home the rebound.
The victory leaves the Rams in second place with four games to go - 7 points down with a game in hand.
[mainpic]MAINPIC / Lucas O'Donnell from a previous Byron/Bangalow Clash / © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]