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‘You’ve got to keep your focus’: Newman says Ospreys are not finals bound just yet

The equation for Southern United is quite simple as they aim to make the Coastal Premier League Men’s finals in their inaugural season.

Wins in all four of their remaining matches will be enough to secure them a top four berth, although anywhere in the top six will suit coach Jonathan Newman just fine.

But as has been showcased on numerous occasions already this season, anything is possible and any team can beat anyone else.

Fixtures which might have been penciled in as wins six weeks ago now may not be quite so clear-cut.

“It’s time to buckle up and get ready for the ride home. You’ve got to hang on I think,” Newman said of the race to the finals.

The furthest the Ospreys will have to travel is up the road to Taree and a mid-week tussle with the Wildcats which will work in their favour.

And as much as it an overused cliché, Newman is focused on one game at a time.

“If we go into any of the games remaining thinking ‘this is three points in the bag’, we’re in big trouble,” he said.

“We’re under no false pretences. We’ve got what might have been considered a slightly more comfortable run in and then you look at Port United and Sawtell at the weekend and you think ‘crikey, we’ve got Sawtell next’.”

Southern currently sit in fourth position, three points in front of seventh-placed Bellingen although the Bats have a game in hand.

“If you lose focus of what’s immediately in front of you, you could be in trouble,” Newman said.

“I’m not comfortable until we’re actually in the finals.”

They don’t want to slip up and find themselves in a situation where they are sweating on results of other games.

“We have to remain very, very firmly focused on what’s in front of us each week and just that,” Newman said.

“If we win all our games, then we’ll be in the finals. That’s pretty clear now. That’s all we can do.”

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