Friday May 17 Byron Rams played host to local rivals Bangalow in a fiery clash that had fans on the edge of their seats from the first whistle. Byron's Reserves played playing catch up football as Bangalow raced to an early 2-nil lead. The second string Rams did create chances, with one converted by Layton Barton to make the half time score 2-1.
The second half saw both teams work hard for the ascendancy with Bangalow breaking through for a third goal. Tried as they might, the Rams couldn't peg back the Bangalow lead.
Outstanding for the Rams were Layton Barton, Nick Baker and Bruce Morhaus.
The Premier Division match looked as though history may repeat itself when an own goal put Bangalow on the board early. However the Rams took control of the game with Lachlan Dewar and Todd Knaus controlling the middle and Sebastian Bell constantly menacing up front. The Rams piled on the pressure, netting two goals in the first half with both disallowed by the referee.
With bangalow ahead one nil at the break, the Rams needed to lift even more. The second half saw the Rams again pushing forward and the Bangalow side doggedly defending their lead.
When all was beginning to seem lost seemed lost and minutes remaining to the final whistle Sebastian Bell slammed in a fine low cross to equal the score. Bangalow was rattled and again the Rams surged forward. Man of the match Lachlan Dewar took the ball 25 metres out from the Bangalow goal and, with a pin point shot, scored the winning goal in injury time.
The Rams fans went into a frenzy. The whole of the Rams outfit worked hard with Lucas ODonnell, Sebastian Bell, Todd Knaus and man of the match Lachlan Dewar absolutely outstanding.
The spoils of the night were shared amongst the two clubs with everyone at the ground witnessing two fine games of football.
The Rams play away next Friday at Goonellabah. Reserves at 6pm and the Prems at 8pm.