Scorpions' time has come to take control
TIMING is everything in football and Sawtell coach Rachael Oberleuter believes there is no better time than 5pm today to tangle with Coffs United.
After a 3-0 opening round loss to premiers Urunga, the Scorpions have strung three wins together against Westlawn, Coffs Coast Tigers and Woolgoolga but Oberleuter knows taking on the Lions is a far tougher assignment.
"This is where we find out what stage we are at in our development as a team," she said.
"The Lions have been the most consistent side for years and I believe there's no sense playing a defensive game against them and letting them dominate the field.
"Instead I think we'll go out on the front foot early and see what they have got.
"However, Coffs never let up for the whole 90 minutes and we have to be prepared to do the same.
"If we don't that's it, I'm afraid, as an 80-minute effort won't beat them."
Proof of those words was delivered midweek when the Lions ground out a 0-0 draw with Boambee in the Westfield FFA Cup decider before going on to win 5-3 on penalties.
Oberleuter admits the one goal win over Woolgoolga last start was a narrow squeak but hasn't left her perturbed.
"The Wolves were up for it and in our case, it was just one of those days," she admitted.
"As usual we managed to create plenty of chances but were not as flash in front of the goal as we should have been and didn't convert.
"Let's hope that's not the same case this time."
The coach doesn't believe the youngsters in the side will be overawed by the occasion.
She offered youngster Nathan Pollitt as an example of the bright young talent Scorpions are developing.
"I brought him on as a sub against Urunga and he never missed a beat.
"One week later he was man of the match and has taken that prize again.
"The team has trained very well and so long as we have a bit of luck with us, I'm happy that we've got this challenge at this time of year."
NORTH COAST FOOTBALL
Men's Premier League
3pm: Maclean v Woolgoolga at Barry Watts Oval
3pm: Northern Storm v Westlawn at Korora
3pm: Coffs Tigers v Orara Valley at Polwarth Drive
5pm: Sawtell v Coffs United at Toormina Oval
2pm: Boambee v Grafton United at Ayrshire Park
Women's Premier League
3pm: Boambee v Maclean at Ayrshire Park
3pm: Woolgoolga v Northern Storm at Clive Joass Memorial Fields
3pm: Grafton United v Urunga at Rushforth Park
Bye: Coffs United