Macleay Valley Rangers strengthened their grip on third spot with a weekend of wins over Taree Wildcats in the Coastal Premier League Men’s competition.
Rangers scrapped their way to an unimpressive 2-0 victory on Sunday after they put six goals past the hapless Wildcats on Saturday.
At this stage of the season with games coming thick and fast, it is more important than ever for teams to pick up points and it doesn’t matter how they do it.
Coach Jason Coleman kept a lid on the celebrations although his team moved one win clear of fourth-placed Southern United.
He knows the run to the finals has only just started.
“Absolutely, mate. We’ve won nothing and even though you climb up into the third position nothing is for granted… nothing is for granted,” he said.
“It only takes one slip and you could be back into sixth before you know it.”
A number of teams in the middle of the table are struggling for consistent results which only helps Rangers cause.
“Teams are hitting and missing at the moment, so you’ve got to get that consistency of wins and the three points regardless of who and how you’re playing,” Coleman said.
“As we get to the business end of the season that’s how it will pan out as well. You’ve got to keep that consistency up.”
While Rangers are firming as a finals contender they won’t take their eye off the ball and Coleman said they weren’t even talking about what might happen.
“The boys are motivated enough; they have their own self-drive and they know what they have to do and how good they have to be, so it’s all good in our camp,” he said.
“Every week the boys know they’ve got to do a job and can’t look too far into the future.
“They know you’ve got to back up and you’ve got to do it again. The mentality of the lads is to keep working hard for one another. Every week take it week by week, game by game and know the importance of winning games.
“At the moment it’s succeeding.”
A last-round meeting with Southern United could determine third and fourth position.
“We’ll start thinking about the finals after we play Southern United,” Coleman said.
“Finals are anyone’s game as everyone knows so we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing.”