After a horror stretch over the last 3 games against Alstonville, Lennox Head and Lismore Workers with only 1 competition point to show for it, Byron Bay Rams Premier league football team was desperate for a win at home on Saturday against Casino to keep in contention for the semi finals. The 7-1 drubbing of the lack lustre Cobras on the weekend at Byron has breathed new life and confidence into the Rams. Injury has been the Rams biggest enemy this month with the who’s who of North Coast football either injured or unavailable. Names like Ian Lenny, Kai Connell, Sammy Owens, Tommy Ruhl, Tim Knight, Victor Pires, Aaron Richter-Steers and Shaun Packham all absent from the game sheets.
Saturday saw the return to form of recent re-signing - striker Jordy Campbell with a double brace of 4 goals. The first came after only 2 minutes when Lachlan Dewar slipped a flick pass to Campbell right in front and he had no trouble scoring. The second was 5 minutes later from a one-two with Sam Robson. Campbell smashed the ball low and hard for a clinical finish in the bottom left of the net. His 3rd goal came soon after with a singular attack. He took a clean touch then sped away and turned on a penny around the defender and unleashed a deft power strike again into the bottom left of goal. The momentum and sheer class of the Rams midfield took total control over the Cobras and they had no chance. The Rams were passing all over the park at will. In a brilliant move that had had the fans on their feet when “slippery” Robson took on the Cobras right flank single handed, out manoeuvring 3 players and then their goalkeeper to take the score to 4-0 just before the break.
Early in the second half the zesty veteran ranger Bruce Morhaus took a ball at the bottom of the 18 yard line and unleashed a full volley past the Casino keeper to put the Rams win beyond doubt. Not 2 minutes later Campbell sprinted 25 metres with 2 Cobra defenders, he nosed in front, beat them both and put his 4th golden shot past the keeper. 6-0. Morhaus took the initiative again late in the half with his inspirational vision up front. He reduced the Casino defence to tatters creating space and scoring the 7th goal for the Rams. In the dying moments the Cobras recouped some slender dignity with an almost freakish lucky goal taking the final whistle score to 7-1. The Rams have a hard road ahead to the Semi Finals however Coach Peter Ware was confident after the match saying. “Today we showed what we can do. Our confidence is back and with the help of some of the previously injured or unavailable players we can give this competition a good shake.”