LABASA Coach/player Pita Bolaitoga scored a brace of goals to help his Labasa side defeat Nadroga 3-1 yesterday at a soggy Subrail Park.
The win ensured the Babasiga Lions bounced back from their 1-2 loss to Suva last week in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League.
The loss to Suva at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay last week was a wake-up call for Northeners and this time around, they found their rhythm against the Stallions.
The heavy rain and soggy ground conditions failed to dampen the spirits of the players as they tried hard to score goals for their teams.
In the first few minutes of play, Joseph Mishra, with his excellent dribbling skills, scored Labasa's first goal before Bolaitoga struck his double.
Nadroga tried hard to bounce back but could not get through a defensive and tough Labasa side.
The game pressure boiled up with some yellow cards being dished out to players from both teams.
In the 30th minute of the second spell, Nadroga's Watisoni Kamoka scored the team's only goal.
Nadroga coach Joseph Nand said his boys failed to keep up with the game plan in the first half.
"The boys played without the game-plan and we really need to work on this," he said.
"The wet ground condition was also a hindrance to the boys' performances. Labasa team was also a very good opponent.
"We are facing Nadi this week and we will try and work on those areas that need further improvement."
Labasa FA president Rayaz Khan said the boys played well.
"We lost to Suva last week and this is a good comeback," he said.
"There is still some room for improvement and we will have to work hard before facing Lautoka this week.
"Lautoka is a good team and we will try and give them a good game."