North Coast Football’s National Premier League squads will travel to Newcastle on Saturday for the first round of the NNSWF PS4NPL season.
Several months of preparation have been building toward this weekend, as the three teams aged 13, 14 and 15 years kick off their inaugural NPL games against Newcastle based Adamstown Rosebud FC.
NCF Technical Director Gary McGinnis said the recent two trial games against Football Mid North Coast were an indication of where the teams are, but that round one is the first real test for the boys.
“We scheduled those games (against FMNC) to give the kids some match practice, and to give us coaches an indication of how they are playing together.”
“The intensity at training has been good, and since the trial matches we’ve been able to work on some key areas that need improving.”
“All three sides are as ready as they can be, but our first priority is development. We’ll play our style of football and challenge every team we play”
The U13’s squad lost 4-5 to Mid North Coast Football in their first trial game, but travelled to Port Macquarie the following week and beat the same side 6-3 in a much-improved performance.
The U14’s squad struggled in their first game, losing 3-0 at Bishop Druitt College, but like the 13’s, improved out of sight the following week to beat MNC 3-2.
The 15’s side won both their games against FMNC, instilling plenty of confidence in coach Brian Linsley.
“Playing the same team twice in two weeks gave us the chance to learn from the first game, make some changes and improve for the next match.
“It was encouraging to see that all teams did improve – it shows the boys are listening and taking it on-board.”
North Coast Football wishes our representative teams the best of luck for the upcoming season.