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Byron Bay FC’s pre-season campaign produced some big numbers in Sundays Anzac Cup and Callan McMillan Shield matches.
In the Premier Division, the Great Northern Rams over came a rocky start to trounce a rebuilding Lennox Head squad.
The Byron boys struggled to find their magic for the much of the first half and despite spending most of the first session in the Lennox half, couldn’t find the net.
Lennox fought back valiantly but were completely out-gunned by the talented Byron team.
Newcomer Aaron Walker put Byron on the board shortly before the break and when play resumed, the scoring began to flow.
Goals from James Tomlinson, Tyson Kaye, recruit Chris Watts, stalwarts Sam Owens and Jono Pierce took the final score to 6-0.
Byron’s overwhelming display of depth, with goals from six different scorers, bodes well for the 2016 season.
In the ‘Open A, Pool A’ match, Rams overcame Lismore’s Rovers 4-0, with a hat-trick to Nolan Pierce (brother of Jono) and a single to debutante Hari Scott on a Pierce assist.
Outstanding work from veterans Brad Jones, Yantra Whitling, youngsters Ronan Karup and keeper Griffin Bambach saw the second tier Rams emerge with a well-earned clean sheet.
Byron’s third tier Open A – C team went down 4-2 to Nimbin Headers.
The Rails Hotel Wildcats women’s team showed their class with another big win in their Callan McMillan Shield match. Despite hammering Tintenbar 10 – 0, the Byron girls showed great sporting spirit to their outmatched opponents.
The final rounds of the pre-season will be played next Sunday, with the Prems at Alstonville at 4.30, the Open A, As face neighbours Suffolk Park at Ewingsdale at 4.30 and the Open A, Cs are at Mullumbimby at 6.30pm on Friday night.
The Wildcats girls will take on Ballina at the Cavanbah Centre, Ewingsdale on Sunday at 2.30pm.