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Port Saints Bag Three Points

Port Saints did what they had to do in a 3-0 win over Taree Wildcats on Monday where Ben Oakley, Brody Corbett and Ty Merchant all found the back of the net.

And despite the Port Macquarie side’s lowly current ladder position, coach Ollie King still isn’t concerned in the slightest.

Outside of the Wildcats, Saints have played the fewest games out of anyone in the competition. But in coming weeks they will get a better indication of how they compare to the competition frontrunners.

The fixtures will come thick and fast with numerous catch-up fixtures still to play including ones against Port United, Coffs City United and Coffs Coast Tigers.

“There’s four games’ difference between us and some of the other teams so the ladder at the moment means very little to me to be perfectly honest,” King said.

“I hadn’t looked at it for three weeks because it’s not really relevant. Our focus at the moment is one fixture ahead and we know the fixtures will come thick and fast if it stays dry.”

King said the result on Monday was what they expected, but he admitted they could have been more clinical in front of goal.

“We played okay, got the goals we needed and we probably could have been a bit more clinical in front of goal and made better decisions,” he said.

“But overall a win’s a win and we’ll take it and start focusing on next week now.”

It was more about focusing on how Saints wanted to play against other teams.

“We’re building against other teams that will really push us. Would we have won against a far better team? I don’t know, but we won and that’s that.”

Wildcats coach Shannon Hall was pleased with the effort of his players despite the disappointing scoreline.

“Considering we only went up there with 20 players I’m not happy with the result, but to compete with 20 players and not come away with a flogging is a positive step in the right direction,” he said.

“The main thing was they never gave up and defensively we were a lot better so now we’ve got to work on the attacking side of things.”

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