CPL round 10 preview

Coffs City United coach Glenn Williams is well aware of the fact his team didn’t beat Port Saints in the Coastal Premier League last year.

It’s what he’s using as motivation in what appears to be a mismatch in Port Macquarie on Saturday.

On the surface, the Lions are roaring after a strong performance in the FFA Cup last week while they are undefeated and have picked up maximum points in their last five CPL matches.

But Williams has plenty of respect for his Port Macquarie opponents.

“They want to play football; there’s no kick and chase and that’s what you want to play against because it gives you the opportunity to play football as well,” he said.

“They’re a good football team and I’m a bit surprised where they are on the table, but when you look at the table you can throw a blanket over the middle of it.

“You can be one result away from moving three spots so we’re definitely not taking them lightly.”

Saints coach John Goodman admitted his team’s ability to “play football” had brought them undone a number of times already this season.

They’ve had some “big slip-ups” in recent weeks that has seen them tumble to seventh, five points adrift of the top four.

“We try and play football but it does lead to some teams being able to get at us so we’ve got to be better in the times we don’t have the ball,” he said.

“We’re okay when we’ve got the ball, but when we don’t have it we’ve been turning off at times and we shouldn’t. You can’t switch off.”

Saints have registered a win and a draw from their last five matches, but an inability to convert chances has been the key factor.

“It’s not as if we haven’t had chances and I’m resigned to the fact we’re going to leak goals in every game, but we just need to score goals at the other end,” Goodman said.

“We’re just not putting them away. The blame goes on the attacking side of it so hopefully it’s the start of our season after Saturday because we haven’t hit second gear yet.

“I don’t think we’ve put together more than 20 minutes in any one game … we’ve never played for 90 minutes and that’s our big problem. We’ll try and change that.”

In other matches, Northern Storm host Kempsey Saints and Port United travel to Boambee while Taree Wildcats play Coffs Coast Tigers and Macleay Valley Rangers tackle Sawtell.

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