Coffs United’s rivals stepping up in title race
IF THERE'S one thing Coffs United coach Mike Smith was hoping for all along, it was a tighter football competition.
After running up a string of lopsided winning tallies at the start of 2014, the past few weeks have been much tighter and Smith expects tomorrow's meeting with Boambee to have its problems.
"When we started, we faced teams that weren't match-fit but that's changed dramatically," he said.
"Our rivals are also getting their best men on the pitch, whereas we've paid a fairly heavy price through injury and suspensions.
"Everybody is getting better the longer the season goes and if you think it's been physical lately, watch it from now."
Smith made four changes after the loss to Sawtell on May 24 and just fell in against Maclean.
More changes came before another narrow 1-0 squeak against Orara Valley but the margins don't concern the chief Lion.
"It keeps the players' feet on the ground and they know the work has to be done to get the reward," he added.
"Winning doesn't have to be pretty at all.
"Just do it."
CLUB COFFS PREMIER LEAGUE
Woolgoolga v South Services - 3pm High Street Oval
Orara Valley v Boambee - 3pm Upper Orara
Urunga v Northern Storm - 3pm Urunga
Coffs United bye
Maclean v Coffs Coast Tigers - 3pm Barry Watts Oval
Woolgoolga v Northern Storm - 3pm High Street Oval
Sawtell v Westlawn Tigers - 5pm Toormina Oval
Coffs United v Boambee - 2pm McLean Street
Urunga v Orara Valley - 2pm Urunga