CPL round 18 preview

They already have the minor premiership safely in their grasp, but Coffs City United has no intention of releasing their firm grip on the Coastal Premier League competition.

The Lions will shoot for 14-straight wins when they host the high-flying Coffs Coast Tigers at McLean Street on Saturday.

The Tigers currently sit in second spot, but will play their final game of the season ahead of the finals which Lions coach Glenn Williams said should make for a “cracking” game.

“They only have one more game which is this weekend, but then there are teams behind with games in hand so I expect a very tough game. They’ll want the points to make sure they finish up there,” he said.

“It’ll be a cracking game. They’re a good, young fast side especially through the middle of the park. They sort of exposed us a little bit when we played them last time because of their speed and their intensity.”

The Lions’ one-goal win over the Tigers on June 5 was their fifth match this season they have held firm and withstood plenty of pressure late in contests to grab maximum points.

It’s a different story to last season where they swept everything – and every one – aside, but one Williams has enjoyed.

“Last year was brand new and no-one knew what to expect, but this year everyone’s lifted another notch because the competition is stronger than the old North Coast Premier League.

“We’re the same; we’ve lifted a notch with training and the commitment of the lads. We don’t want to lose a game until the season finishes. We want to go through, that’s our goal even though we’ve ticked off one of our goals already. There’s still plenty for us to play for.”

In other matches Port Saints host Kempsey Saints while Port United travels to Taree to face the Wildcats.

Boambee heads to Kempsey for a clash with Macleay Valley and Sawtell host Northern Storm.

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