IF Urunga is to finish the season on top of North Coast Football’s Women’s Division table then it must beat Boambee on Saturday.
The Raiders and Eagles have been the clear leaders in the women’s competition this year but if Urunga lose at Ayrshire Park this weekend it will open up a gap between the two title contenders that will prove extremely difficult to close before finals time arrives.
Urunga coach Trevor Martin admitted the game was really important for his girls but said the team was “cautiously confident” of a good result.
“We played against them (Boambee) really early in the season and they beat us 5-2 but we had a new team back then and since that game we’ve had a chance to play a few games together,” Martin said.
“We’re looking I guess to get a benchmark of how far we’ve come from that point.”
The top of the table clash forms part of a Women’s Division double header at Boambee with the clubs’ number two teams kicking off earlier in the afternoon.
The fight for fourth position is intense with Coffs United, Nambucca and the number two teams from both Boambee and Woolgoolga all within only three points of each other on the table.
Today’s match at Woolgoolga between the Wildcats’ number two team and Coffs United is sure to be hard fought with such a valuable prize up for grabs.
In the Men’s Premier League Urunga might’ve conceded second position is Coffs United’s to lose after last week’s result but Lions coach Glen Williams isn’t quite so sure.
“We’ve got Storm this week then Boambee next week. They’re a couple of important games,” Williams said.
Earning 10 points from their past five matches has seen the Storm move into fourth position and their 18 goals scored in that time proves they’ll be a handful for Coffs United to handle.
Maclean and Boambee are about to get to know each other very well this weekend with the two teams meeting at Maclean on Saturday afternoon then playing a catch up match the next day at Ayrshire Park.
Many believe if the Bombers win both matches it will go a long way toward securing the minor premiership but Boambee coach Shane Duncan isn’t so sure considering this weekend signals the start of a tough run home.
“Maclean have been good lately, they’ve got a couple of good results over the past few weeks. These will be a couple of difficult games and we’ll see how we go,” he said.
After the unusual double header Boambee will then face Coffs United, Urunga and the Northern Storm.
C.ex Group Men’s Premier League
3pm: Maclean v Boambee
5pm: Coffs United v Northern Storm
5pm: Grafton United v Coffs Coast Tigers
2pm: Urunga v Westlawn Tigers
2pm: Boambee v Maclean
C.ex Group Women’s Division
1pm: Boambee 2 v Urunga 2
1pm: Woolgoolga 2 v Coffs United
1pm: Macksville v Woolgoolga 1
1pm: Orara Valley v Bellingen
3pm: Boambee 1 v Urunga 1
3pm: Nambucca v Sawtell
Northern NSW Youth NPL
North Coast Football v Lake Macquarie City
Sunday at Polwarth Drive
2.45pm: Under-14s and Under-16s
1pm: Under-13s and Under-15s