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CPL Round 8 Preview

Both Port Macquarie sides have the opportunity to climb the Coastal Premier League Men’s ladder with very winnable matches this weekend.

While the ladder doesn’t mean much, United’s home clash with Sawtell poses as a crucial point in their season.

The Scorpions are only one point behind United on the table, but United will be buoyed by a 2-1 defeat to Coffs City United back on April 30.

They suffered a surprise 3-1 midweek defeat to Macleay Valley Rangers on May 10 which coach Adam Bruest will want them to bounce back from.

It’s a match that promises plenty of goals with Sawtell having no trouble finding the back of the net.

Their problems come at the other end of the pitch where they can’t stop them going in.

They have scored nine goals in their last four matches and could feel a little unlucky not to take any points away from their defeat at the hands of Kempsey Saints last weekend.

Coffs Tigers travel to Kempsey and a clash with Kempsey Saints with Saints breathing easier after their first win of the season last weekend.

A win for Tigers will keep them in touch with Bellingen in second spot and within sight of Coffs City United who currently occupy the top rung of the ladder.

Taree Wildcats host a Macleay Valley Rangers side that has hit form – and the back of the net – in recent weeks.

Rangers have scored seven goals in their last 180 minutes of football and they will look to make it three-straight wins at Omaru Park.

The Wildcats have conceded 17 goals in their last two clashes with top two sides Bellingen and Coffs City United running rampant.

Taree will need to tighten up their defence quickly or Rangers could have a day out.

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