SITTING in fourth position with a three point gap to the chasing pack, the Northern Storm aren’t quite counting their C.ex Group Men’s Premier League semi finals chickens just yet.
The Storm face a rejuvenated Westlawn Tigers on Saturday evening and co-coach at Korora Jade Porter said his team needs to be wary despite the Tigers sitting at the foot of the table.
“In the first round when we played them (Westlawn) they played really well so we’re expecting a hard game,” Porter said.
“The Tigers were like us at the start of the year in that they were playing good football but weren’t getting any points but they’ve beaten a couple of sides in the past couple of weeks.”
Porter said taking some points away from Barnier Park on Saturday is important for the Storm.
“We’re not assured of being in the semis,” he said.
“I’d prefer to be in our position over anybody else but we’re by no mean’s cemented in fourth spot that’s for sure.”
The Storm are undefeated in their past five matches. A far cry from the start of the season when they lost their opening four matches.
Porter said the turnaround in fortunes at Plantain Road has been an enjoyable experience.
“Coming into the last match of the first round we were dead set last on the table so to go to where we are at the moment has been great,” he said.
“We worked out our plan and the boys are sticking to it so it’s good.”
Urunga enjoyed its first win in 25 days on Wednesday night when they overcame Westlawn 2-1. On Sunday the Raiders face the most daunting Premier League task which is facing the top of the table Boambee.
Playing on their famed Cabbage Patch home ground will be an advantage for Urunga but the defence will need to be on its toes.
The last two times these two teams have met the Bombers have scored a total of four goals and Luke France is set to make a return to the front half for Boambee this weekend.
While the three points will important for Urunga, both teams will also be competing for the Leo Baumgartner Cup in this fixture.
The Raiders and Bombers were the last two remaining North Coast Football teams in the FFA Cup earning them the right to playoff for this prestigious title.
Coffs United makes the short trip to Polwarth Drive on Sunday for a local derby against the Coffs Coast Tigers while Maclean’s late bid to sneak into a semi’s berth continues on Saturday afternoon when the Bobcats play at home against Grafton United.
C.ex Group Men’s Premier League
3pm: Maclean v Grafton United
5pm: Westlawn Tigers v Northern Storm
2pm: Coffs Coast Tigers v Coffs United
2pm: Urunga v Boambee
C.ex Group Women’s Division
1pm: Bellingen v Nambucca
1pm: Orara Valley v Macksville
1pm: Boambee 2 v Woolgoolga 2
1.50pm: Coffs United v Corindi
3pm: Boambee 1 v Woolgoolga 1
3pm: Urunga 1 v Sawtell