Tough match shapes at the Cabbage Patch
WHEN Urunga went down by one goal to Coffs United on May 18, it changed the tempo of the North Coast Football season.
Taking the game up to the Lions, rather than sitting back and being dominated, became the new black of local football and it's the tactic United coach Mike Smith expects when visiting the Raiders tomorrow at The Cabbage Patch.
"My boys reckon it could be as long as six seasons since we won down there, so I'm expecting a tough test," he said.
"Apart from 2013 we have been the top two teams for a while and, don't forget, until a couple of weeks back, Urunga were the state champions.
"One good thing is that I'll have close to a full line-up on the pitch for probably the first or second time this season and I expect that to make a positive difference."
Smith agrees winning tomorrow could have even more ramifications than normal.
"It would put us five points clear with three rounds to go and probably in the box seat for the minor premiership.
"That gives us a crack at the fourth qualifier and, while nothing's easy, it's a better position to be in."
The weekend's other vital match takes place tomorrow at Korora with the Thunder and Bombers duelling for the last semi-final vacancy.
Raiders skipper Paul Pomroy said his men were ready for the task.
"It should be a great contest," he said.
"While we have made some changes, I'm looking forward to the meeting."
CLUB COFFS PREMIER LEAGUE
Boambee v Woolgoolga - 3pm Ayrshire Park
Coffs United v South Services - 3pm McLean Street
Orara Valley v Urunga - 3pm Upper Orara
Northern Storm bye
Westlawn v Coffs Coast - 3pm Barnier Park
Woolgoolga v Maclean - 3pm High Street
Sawtell v Orara Valley - 5pm Toormina Oval
Northern Storm v Boambee - 2pm Korora
Urunga v Coffs United - 2pm The Cabbage Patch