Sawtell Scorpions will be hoping for a form reversal for their Solo Cup clash today against Oxley Vale Attunga at Toormina Oval.
Sawtell Scorpions will be hoping for a form reversal for their Solo Cup clash today against Oxley Vale Attunga at Toormina Oval. BRUCE THOMAS

Time to win it by a knockout

FOUR North Coast football teams have the opportunity today to advance to the third round of the Northern NSW Solo Cup.

Sawtell, Toormina, Woolgoolga and reigning premier Maclean are all playing against travelling opposition this afternoon, and this should deliver them a major advantage.

There is a double header at Sawtell’s home of Toormina Oval where the Scorpions face Tamworth club Oxley Vale Attunga before Coffs United Maclean meet Manning team Pacific Palms.

The Macleay Valley Rangers are a strong outfit, but their trek to the High Street fields will hopefully give Woolgoolga the upper hand.

Maclean will be at their Showground home when they face a club boasting their superiority on the North Coast. Port United are confident of victory, but may underestimate the speed and skill of the Bobcats.

While a lot of eyes will be on who progresses in the Solo Cup, life still goes on for the rest of the North Coast Football 1st Division clubs.

No doubt the match of the round is being played at Polwarth Drive tonight.

Both the Coffs Coast Tigers and Boambee scored a mountain of goals a week ago and their clash is expected to be a fine advertisement for the round-ball game in the region.

Tonight’s result may very well hinge on which set of brothers performs the better.

Without ignoring the contribution that other team members make, the pair of Parkers at Boambee as well as the Adjassou connection at Coffs Coast are the attacking weapons that finish off the good work of those behind them.

Buoyed by their win over Orara Valley last week, Urunga will travel to Yamba with plenty of confidence.

Yamba have quickly found out how big the gap is between 1st Division and the lower grades and have already set their sights in 2010 on merely avoiding relegation.

The Raiders have much loftier goals and should comfortably collect all three points today.

Both the Northern Storm and Orara Valley will be looking to bounce back from losses.

There’s no doubting that the Dingos have recruited well and this fact gives them favouritism in the clash at “Korora Kove”.

The Storm have unbridled enthusiasm on their side though, and that can make up for a lot, especially when the team starts becoming used to the systems that coach Jason Breton is trying to put in place.


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