TIME TO STRIKE: The Bobcats will need commitment to stay in the race for a Premier League semi-final berth.
TIME TO STRIKE: The Bobcats will need commitment to stay in the race for a Premier League semi-final berth.

Much at stake for Bobcats

By GRANT NEILSON

THE Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats travel to Oakes Oval in Lismore to take on last year's premiers Lismore Workers knowing that their semi-final chances hinge on the result in this weekend's round of the Far North Coast Premier League soccer.

Workers are the team immediately above the Bobcats on the ladder and anything less then a win would kill-off the Maclean team's slim hopes of a semi-final berth.

A win would leave the back door ajar for the Bobcats if they can get on a winning roll.

The Bobcats will be bolstered by the return of Adam Busby from injury but will be without the experience of Craig Anderson as he serves the last game of his two-match suspension.

In their first round meeting this season the Bobcats put together arguably their best performance and trounced Workers 5-1.

With so much at stake and both teams chasing a semi-final spot, a much tighter affair is expected this week.

Bobcats coach Wayne Sutton is toying with the idea of a reshuffle and is considering pushing his son Kyle into a striking role and pulling Matt Bryant back into the midfield.

Bryant's work rate up front has been his trademark and there won't be any problem with transferring that to midfield, and in Sutton's only other start up front this year he scored against Ballina in the opening game, so the experiment is well worth considering.

One thing is certain and that is the success or failure of the experiment will have a heavy bearing on the result.

In the past two weeks the Bobcats Premier Reserves have slipped from equal second on the ladder down to fourth and this week they will be hoping to stop the slide with a strong showing.

They will once again call on reinforcements from the Under16s and third grade but the form of players like Joe Turner and Shane Primrose warrants regular reserve team action in any case.



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