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Lionesses to host ladder leading Raiders

The Coffs City United Lionesses face the toughest task in local women’s football when they take on a rampaging Urunga Raiders this weekend at Forsyth Park.

Both sides are coming off Round 11 matches on Wednesday night, with the Lionesses going down 1-0 to the Boambee Eagles, while the Raiders had a 14-0 win against the Sawtell Scorpions.

The Raiders took the honours with a 9-0 victory the last time they met the Lionesses.

The Raiders sit 11 points clear at the top of the table after seven straight wins, with the Lionesses in third spot on 10 points.

The Boambee Eagles are also on 10 points but in second spot with a superior goal difference.

Lionesses captain Jordan Maddalena explained what was needed to help topple the ladder leaders.

“I think our attackers need to press early when they do their goal kicks, as Urunga play short and play out wide from the backs as that’s where most of their plays begin, and they are good at playing up the field from there and end up scoring,” she said.

Round 12 also sees the Sawtell Scorpions hosting the Macleay Valley Rangers at Toormina Oval.

The Rangers were 4-0 winners the last time the two teams met, with both sides sharing the points in a 0-0 draw in the first ever Coastal League One Women’s game.

The Boambee Eagles have the bye this weekend after two straight wins.

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