BELLINGEN FC have been announced as the North NSW Football Team of the Month for April after five wins from five to start their inaugural season in the Coastal Premier League.
Some skeptics feared the Bats would be overwhelmed given their top-flight team in 2021 played in men’s division two, but the men of the Shire let their results do the talking.
Former Urunga FC centre-back Henry Gale took the helm as Bats coach and brought in some of his former teammates to bring the group together.
Urunga FC were a formidable team in the men’s top-flight regional competition, but when the team folded many players were forced to leave the County and some hung up their boots to take a football sabbatical .
Players who answered the call to represent the County returned to Bellingen and dusted off their boots to return to top-flight football in the region.
With their home ground Connell Park bogged down by rain, the Bats were forced to win their first games away or on synthetic pitches.
Last year Connell Park saw exceptional crowds in the Men’s Division 2 and it could be a record crowd for their home opener on Sunday May 22 at 2pm in a blockbuster against Premiers of the Year last, Coffs City United.
By David Wigley