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Kempsey Saints living stress-free at the halfway point

The stress levels are surprisingly low at Kempsey Saints despite their recent record in the Coastal Premier League first grade competition.

Co-coach Dan Baker refuses to press the panic button even after the team have claimed just one win in the last five weeks.

Baker admitted they needed to start stringing some victories together in coming weeks, but he felt it was just a matter of time.

While they aren’t turning up to go through the motions on Saturday when they tackle Coffs City United, Baker said they could try a few different things.

“I think we’ve played alright football and it’s been the same all year where we play good football most of the time and had results not go our way,” he said.

“It’s a huge test to come up against Coffs United so you don’t put too much of a stress on this game.

“It would be nice to get a point off them but not too much of a stress at this stage. If it keeps going downhill then it becomes a stress.”

Baker pointed to only two fixtures all season where they had played badly. They’ve been in the rest of them.

“It’s been the same thing all season – putting the ball in the back of the net more so to start and then maybe tighten up our defence,” he said.

“But I don’t think we have defended too poorly most of the time, it was more about scoring the goals at crucial times that we didn’t do.”

Saints are currently in sixth position alongside Macleay Valley and one point behind Port United in fourth, but those two teams have games in hand.

Saints need to start turning good performances into victories.

“We’re still in the mix and we haven’t got the results we should have got, so it’s not a huge stress but we do need to win more games in the second half of the season,” Baker said.

“But we feel like we can win those games.”

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