Coffs United Lions travel to Kempsey this weekend for their first away game of the season. Awaiting is Macleay Valley Rangers who have equally impressed with two wins against strong opposition.
Boambee FC has a great opportunity to climb into second if they can overcome a well organised Port Saints outfit.
Here are our Round 3 Previews:
Boambee FC v Port Saints
Saturday 18th July, 3 pm | Ayrshire Park
Feature Match North
These two sides met in February this year in an FFA Cup fixture. Boambee were convincing winners on the day, though the Bombers have had a slow start to the season. The fact that they sit third on the ladder speaks to their quality despite a slow start to season 2020, and round three presents an opportunity to leapfrog either Coffs United or Macleay Valley Rangers if they can get the job done against the Port Saints.
The Saints sit fifth, a 1-0 win against Northern Storm last weekend giving them their first points of the season. They were able to frustrate Storm with a well-organised defence, and with Boambee leaking goals this season there’s an opportunity away from home.
Saints coach Darrell Pascoe said “We’ve always got to think we are in the contest. We played them in an FFA Cup game before COVID, and they got the better of us that day, quite convincingly, which was a good lesson for us. It showed the boys what quality to expect in the Coastal Premier League this season. We always go into a match with belief, and it will be a great game against the Bombers this weekend.”
“We’re a pretty young team, we’ve got some experienced guys in the squad, but right throughout our whole team, we are a young side. It’s an exciting year for the Saints, and we have plenty of improvement ahead of us.”
Northern Storm v Kempsey Saints
Saturday 18th July, 3 pm | Plantain Rd, Korora
Northern Storm host Kempsey Saints at Korora on Saturday afternoon, in what will be another fascinating match-up as we start to learn more about each team in the CPL this year.
Kempsey Saints have had two very close encounters with top teams, first losing 4-3 to Sawtell in round one, then last weekend a narrow 3-2 loss to Boambee. We feel there’s more to come from Kempsey Saints this season.
Northern Storm was unlucky last week against the Port Saints, now against Kempsey, this match could go either way and should be an entertaining one with goals at both ends.
Macleay Valley Rangers v Coffs City United
Saturday 18th July, 3 pm | Optus Park, Kempsey (Dangar Street)
A top of the table clash is our Feature Match South this weekend, as Coffs United Lions travel to Kempsey to take on the in-form Macleay Valley Rangers. Both sides have hit form early on in the season, Macleay winning their first two Rounds against Port Saints and Sawtell FC, and United defeating Port United and Taree Wildcats.
It’s an exciting match-up for so early on in the competition, and United coach Glen Williams is expecting a challenge.
“Our games from years gone by have always been a tough battle. We will work this week at training and go to the game with a good mindset.”
Rangers coach Chris Walker said his side weren’t at their best last weekend and looks forward to seeing improvement against the Lions.
“Footballing wise we weren’t at our best [against Sawtell], but the team can’t be faulted for the effort and mentality to grind out a win after playing 70 minutes with ten men. We will work on our game and bring everything to the contest on Saturday.”
“I think the boys will be looking forward to testing themselves against one of the competition favourites when coming up against the Lions”.
This match is what the CPL is all about, and as competition favourites themselves, Lions v MVR this is a fixture not to miss for our Kempsey following. Williams agreed that the CPL had lifted the quality of local football.
“We are loving it, playing more competitive games every week lifts the excitement from the players’ point of view.”
Taree Wildcats v Port United
Saturday 18th July, 3 pm | Taree Zone Field
Taree Wildcats will hope to start their season when Port United travels North on Saturday afternoon in a Northern Local derby for Round 3.
Taree’s 5-1 loss to Coffs United sounds worse than it was, with three goals scored within 20 minutes in the first half. Outclassed for portions of the match, Taree also showed some real quality which they will look to improve on as the season continues.
Port United defeated Coffs Coast Tigers in a close encounter last week.
Coffs Coast Tigers v Sawtell FC
Saturday 18th July, 5 pm | Polwarth Drive
Coffs Coast Tigers and Sawtell FC have both had slow starts to the season, though with every match a difficult one in this new competition, both sides have shown what’s possible.
Tigers are yet to record a win, while Sawtell had a challenging outing against Macleay Valley Rangers last week, which they will want to bounce back from.
The CPL has lifted the standard of football considerably, and no game will be an easy one as the season wears on and as squads develop fitness. Follow round three results on our social pipes this weekend.
Updated: 16 July 2020