Three North Coast Football sides face a pivotal weekend as the Coastal Premier League heads towards its final series.
Bellingen FC, Sawtell Scorpions, and the Northern Storm are among a number of teams fighting for a finals spot, with just 5 points separating third and ninth on the ladder.
Bellingen FC sit in sixth spot on the ladder and host an inform Macleay Valley Rangers side who have risen to third on the ladder in recent weeks.
The Rangers were 3-1 winners when they met in a catch-up game last week.
After a slow start to the season, the Northern Storm are making a late finals charge, and despite sitting in ninth are just two points out of the top 6.
The Storm travel to take on the Taree Wildcats in Round 18, and then are at home the next day for a catchup game against the Port Saints, as they play two teams below them on the ladder this weekend.
The Sawtell Scorpions face a season defining game when they take on fellow finals’ aspirant the Kempsey Saints at Eden Street.
The Scorpions sit one point behind the Saints in eighth spot on the ladder, as the two sides play off in a crucial game in which the winner could enter the top 6 by the end of the round.
Two top 4 teams meet this weekend when Southern United host the Coffs Coast Tigers in the match of the round at Tuncurry.
The Tigers then take on the Taree Wildcats the next day in a catch-up game at Omaru Park.
Round 18 also sees the local derby between Port United and Port Saints, with the showdown having extra meaning as United look to break into the top 4 and the Saints try to keep their finals hopes alive.
The Coffs City United Lions will try to maintain top spot on the ladder when they play the Boambee Bombers at Ayrshire Park on Saturday afternoon.