The Raiders versus Lions rivalry reignites on Sunday.
The Raiders versus Lions rivalry reignites on Sunday. David Barwell

Grand final replay will be Raiders’ big test

IT'S BEEN a smooth transition since Peter Snow took the reins from Paul Pomroy at Urunga but the first big test arrives tomorrow when Coffs United pay a visit to the Cabbage Patch.

Snow admires the skills in his team and shrugs off any credit for the brilliant start to the year.

"In many ways it's a foolproof side and even my goldfish could coach them," he said.

"It was a ready-made team when I stepped up and I've found we've only needed to make a couple of small changes to keep the standard we expect."

If there's one thing that sets the Raiders apart from all their rivals - and that includes the Lions - it's the capacity to soak up pressure and remain ultra patient.

"Remaining patient is something we train for," Snow agreed.

"Especially when the situation becomes overheated, like what happened last time the teams met in the grand final.

"I recognise there's a great rivalry but hope there's no argy bargy and both sides just concentrate on playing the quality football our supporters deserve to see."

The coach is pleased strike weapons Kale Hopper and Fabrice Wamara have hit the ground running but it's the potential for improving the overall performance he's most looking forward to now that Luke France has crossed over from Sawtell.

France was once a goal scoring machine for the Scorpions and Snow is hoping for the same.

"Luke has huge respect and once he settles into our style, he'll be one of our most valuable players," he added.

"With important matches coming up like the FFA Cup round, we need to perform at our best and take a mature approach to everything we do."

That Westfield FFA Cup meeting with Coffs United takes place at C.ex Coffs International Stadium at 7pm on Tuesday, April 26.

Meanwhile, North Coast Football is giving interested young footballers, aged 8 to 13 years, the opportunity to participate in the school holiday clinics, suitable for community based or representative players.

Clinics are run over three days - this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

These clinics are coached by appropriately qualified representative NCF coaches and provide excellent opportunities to learn the game for young players.

The venue is Bishop Druitt College, North Boambee Road, Coffs Harbour, between 9am and 1pm.

Cost is $40 per day and players may attend any number of days.

There is a sibling rate of $35 per day.

Details of any remaining vacancies are available from North Coast Football.

Round three

3pm today

Maclean v Orara Valley

Coffs Coast Tigers v Sawtell

2pm tomorrow

Boambee v Westlawn

Urunga v Coffs United

Northern Storm bye

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