Lions stand ready for FFA Cup challenge
TWO of the most important hours in local football history begin at 2pm today.
The venue will be Lake Macquarie Football Stadium where Coffs United FC will challenge Edgeworth FC and take a final step toward inclusion in the Westfield FFA Cup.
The final four play tomorrow with the last two standing to enter football's big time.
Caretaker Lions coach Glen Williams has a burning desire for his men to be one of those two teams and if successful, it will be a great feather in his cap while regular mentor Mike Smith is overseas.
"The time is almost upon us," Williams said of the attempt at creating history.
"We have done our homework and watched footage of Edgeworth in action and feel we can bring an advantage or two into our game.
"The club has an extended squad heading to the Hunter, not just for the experience but also for plenty of coverage should we make the Sunday finals.'
Williams said this week's training sessions had been about refining lots of little things.
"The team is under no illusion of the difficulty of the task ahead," he said.
"Edgeworth is the best team on paper out of the eight teams playing on day one, as they are currently sitting second on the NPL table.
"But we've had a very good build-up with a hard fought draw against Urunga at the Cabbage Patch and managed to come through injury free from the big win over Westlawn on Sunday.
"One of the tasks has been keeping the boys grounded with some hard sessions.
"It would not be good to allow the lads to think too far ahead.
"Tactically we have been trying a few different formations that have been variant to the ones that people expect from us."
The club has thanked North Coast Football and constituent clubs who have accommodated the programming of catch-up matches.
"Everybody understands the importance of the FFA Cup," Williams added.
"If we get through to the round of 32, it will mean more changes but we take it as it comes.
"Overall, we are excited, anxious, nervous and ready.
"Bring on Edgeworth."