Far North Coast Rugby Union competition pacesetters Ballina have fallen to a third successive loss, this time to defending premiers Lennox Head.

The 25-5 win has seen Lennox Head consolidate its late-season charge to a finals berth, and has reduced Ballina’s competition  lead to only three ahead of Lismore, who had a convincing 48-6 win over Grafton yesterday.

In other games, Coolangatta Tweed beat Wollongbar Alstonville 33-17, and Casino beat Southern Cross 26-20.

First Grade, round 13:

Lismore 48 (Craig Jones 2, Nigel Marshall 2, Glenn Paisley, Stephen Hughes, Greg Hughes Sam Cox tries, Ben Felicioni 4 conversions) d Grafton 6 (Joel Gosson 2 penalty goals).

Coolangatta Tweed 33 (Anaru Smith 2, Mitch Planten, Nathan Walker, Ashley Mareroa tries, Chris Woodley 4 conversions) d Wollongbar Alstonville 17 (Jerone McMurray, Arlo Cluff, Terry Murphy tries, Jerone McMurray conversion).

Casino 26 (Michael Barnes, Terry Llewellyn, Craig Connolly, Adam Gould tries, Michael Barnes 2, Brenton Fuller conversions) d Southern Cross 20 (Will Latham 2, Murray Wade, Mick Clark tries).

Lennox Head 25 (Tony Buchanan 2, Mathew Barnes, Jeff Wilson tries, Adam Gordon conversion, penalty goal) d Ballina 5 (Adam Fisher try).

Pointscore: Ballina 50, Lismore 47, Lennox Head 42, Wollongbar Alstonville 36, Casino 33, Southern Cross 29, Coolangatta Tweed 19, Grafton 10.

Reserve Grade
Wollongbar Alstonville 41 d Coolangatta Tweed 17
Lismore 44 d Grafton 12
Ballina 34 d Lennox Head 7
Casino 34 d Southern Cross 31

Under 19
Wollongbar Alstonville 36 d Kyogle 7
Southern Cross 26 d Casino 3
Mullumbimby 50 d Ballina 0
Grafton 22 d Lismore 19

Third Grade
Lismore 58 d Grafton 0
Ballina 52 d Southern Cross 0

Village Competition
Iluka 52 d Byron Bay 12
Bangalow 15 d Mullumbimby 0
Kyogle 28 d Yamba 7