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Crunch time fast approaching for Port Saints ahead of Port Macquarie derby

It’s just as well Ollie King hasn’t spent a lot of time looking at the Coastal Premier League Men’s ladder this season because it hasn’t made pretty reading.

Saints currently languish in tenth position, haven’t scored a goal in more than 180 minutes and their only victory in the last six matches was a 1-0 result over Bellingen back on June 25.

They are running out of tomorrows ahead of Saturday’s crucial Port Macquarie derby at Dixie Park.

“I don’t think we needed any added motivation for the weekend, but if we needed it, it’s there,” King said.

“If you get too caught up in the ladder you start to get ahead of yourself and start to get distracted.

“If we just focus and try to put some good performances together… scoring goals to be honest would be a good start.”

But their ladder position doesn’t lie and a loss to Port United could put a severe dent in Saints’ finals hopes.

“Top six is not looking good at the moment so it couldn’t be a bigger game,” King said.

“The derby is always big anyway and we’ve certainly been thinking about this game all year because we missed our first one so it’s a massive game.

“We’ve got to get three points otherwise it starts to look bad.”

King remained steadfast in his view that the focus remained improved performances on the field although looking good between the two 18-yard-boxes doesn’t always equate to goals.

“We had a goal and we’re trying to achieve that,” King said.

“You’re only going to achieve that by putting your best foot forward. I genuinely haven’t looked at the ladder because I know it’s not pretty so I don’t want to know.”

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