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Port Saints – CPL 2022 Preview

Fixing their inconsistent ways the key to Port Saints’ climb up the ladder

Port Saints know their best football is certainly good enough to challenge the top sides.

They’ve done it sporadically since the Coastal Premier League kicked off two seasons ago, but consistency is their Achilles heel.

Coach Oliver King is focused on changing that this year – and he says the Port Macquarie side aren’t afraid of anyone.

“I think the sky’s the limit,” he said.

“We’re certainly not intimidated by any of the teams or think we’re going to get outplayed. We believe we can compete in, if not win, every game we play.”

Saints showed last season what they could do as evidenced by a 1-all draw with Coffs City United and a 3-all draw with Coffs Coast – both on the road.

But those impressive results were cancelled out by a disappointing 5-1 hammering at the hands of Port United along with a 1-all draw with last-placed Sawtell in the second-last round.

“Last year we were super inconsistent and the year before that we went through some purple patches and then had some bad games so a bit of consistency would help,” King admitted.

The coach was confident Port Saints were as good as any team in the competition with a finals appearance the bare minimum.

“We’d be satisfied with finals and then going as long and deep as we can, absolutely,” he said.

“The biggest factor is there are a lot of unknown clubs and you don’t know much about them. Bellingen are new to this competition and we haven’t had heaps to do with them, but I’m quietly confident we can fly under the radar a bit and do well most weeks.”

Closing the gap between their best and worst performances would be key to Saints climbing the ladder and challenging their third-place finish from 2020.

“We’re hoping to have one of those seasons where we’re up closer to the top than the bottom and I’m pretty confident that should be the case,” King said.

“We’ve got a pretty deep squad so should have two fairly deep grades I’d say.”

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