Clubs have another shot at premier league
By TANIA PHILLIPS
APPLICATIONS close today for the vacant Football Far North Coast premier league competition spot for next year.
Football Far North Coast general manager Matt Kelso said the group was looking for a club to step into the spot left vacant by Maclean, who will move south as part of the restructure of soccer orchestrated by Football Australia.
"We have sent out information to all interested clubs to fill the space," he said.
"Each club will be tested on their application and their suitability."
Kelso said he expected the two teams due to be% relegated from premier league, Burringbar and Lismore Workers, to both put in applications.
Two teams most likely Pottsville and Lismore Thistles will be promoted from first division as% normal. Kelso said the opportunity existed for other teams from the first division to also apply for the third premier league spot.
Meanwhile, one team assured of a spot in premier league is Richmond Rovers, who look set to take out the Football FNC Premier League minor premiership after ending the unbeaten home record of their main threat Maclean 3-1 on the Clarence on Sunday.
The game was the only FFNC premier league match played at the weekend, with the rest of the round deferred due to representative duties on the Saturday night against Coffs Harbour.
The crucial win gives Rovers an eight-point buffer over the second-placed Maclean Bobcats, and with only four rounds remaining, Rovers need just a win and a draw to guarantee their first title since 2004.
All three of Rovers' goals came from set plays.