Lions emerging from torrid spell
THERE'S a price to pay for football success and nobody could blame Coffs United if players were feeling the pinch at various times over the past six weeks.
Going so close to inclusion in the Westfield FFA Cup meant the Lions had a bunch of matches in the bank and a short span to get them played.
Fortunately, the rivals clubs generously assisted with scheduling.
Assistant coach Adam Wood points out despite the fatigue, somehow the club managed to get through to a weekend off without a loss and from tomorrow in the meeting with third-placed Sawtell, it seems to be business as usual.
"After coming back from the FFA Cup we then went on to play another three games in seven days which took a toll on us," he said.
"However, we were then lucky enough to follow this difficult period up with a bye which has refreshed everyone.
"It's now gotten us ready for our remaining seven games."
Whenever considering the fortunes of Coffs United, the club's seemingly bottomless well of talent has to be figured into the equation.
"We have great depth in our squad which has helped with games like Grafton away on a Tuesday night," Wood said.
"Deng Mayak and Danny Rohwer were both given starts to rest others who are sitting on light injuries.
"Sawtell have had a very good run and we will not be taking them lightly.
"They are cemented in the top four and we are well aware that nothing but our best will be enough to get us those three points we want.
"We then follow up tomorrow's game on Sunday with another tough battle on Tuesday night against Boambee."
Then, it's clear sailing.
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES
3pm: Coffs United v Boambee at McLean Street
3pm: Grafton United v Woolgoolga at Rushforth Park
3pm: Urunga v Maclean at The Cabbage Patch
Northern Storm bye
Points: Eagles 34, Wildcats 23, Lionesses 23, Sirens 23, Raiders 21, Cyclones 4, Bobcats 3
3pm: Woolgoolga v Maclean at Clive Joass Memorial Field
3pm: Grafton United v Boambee at Rushforth Park
5pm: Westlawn v Northern Storm at Barnier Park
5pm: Orara Valley v Coffs Coast Tigers at Upper Orara
2pm: Coffs United v Sawtell at McLean Street
Points: Raiders 38, Lions 37, Scorpions 31, Bobcats 26, Thunder 23, Bombers 22, Dingoes 19, Coffs Tigers 10, Wolves 9, Westlawn Tigers 4, United 2