Coffs Harbour-based North Coast Football teams always consider Westlawn Tigers a tough nut to crack when the Tigers play at home.
Coffs Harbour-based North Coast Football teams always consider Westlawn Tigers a tough nut to crack when the Tigers play at home.

Tigers can roar back

WESTLAWN Tigers will host Urunga Raiders in their first home game of the season today.

The Tigers head into the game on the back of a 2-1 loss to Woolgoolga Wolves, but are confident they can land in the winner's circle.

Coach Robert Usher said his team would welcome back two strike weapons, with a squad reshuffle to make his team more dangerous.

"We have James Joyce and Sheldon O'Lachlan coming back into the team after missing last week," Usher said.

"James will go straight back into striker, while Sheldon will play in the midfield."

The change is expected to give Westlawn more go-forward and potentially more goals.

"James is an opportunist and is very good in front of goal," Usher said.

"He's an experienced player and probably one of the more confident guys on the team."

Usher said he expected Urunga to bring a physical style, saying his team needed to match it if it had any chance of winning.

He said possession would be the key to his team's success, and he was confident it could deliver.

"Urunga had a surprise draw with Boambee last week which makes me think this season will be a lot tighter than in the past," Usher said.

Maclean Bobcats will travel away to Coffs United Lions in a match coach Guiseppe Terranova said would give him a good idea of where the team was at.

He said it was a game the Bobcats could win, and had tweaked his line-up to deliver that result.

"I've switched Mick Potente and Jarrod Doyle around which could open up our attacking chances," Terranova said.

"I've moved Jarrod from centre forward to midfield to give him a lot more time with the ball in an open area.

"It will allow him to take the ball to the goal rather than getting it with his back to the goal."

Terranova said it was more of a tactical change than a forced one against a team that is known to move the ball quicky.

"Coffs United are very fast and look to build pressure," Terranova said.

"If we can hold the ball and control possession, I think we could win."

Westlawn hosts Urunga at Barnier Park from 3pm today. Maclean will travel to Coffs United tomorrow, kicking off at 2pm.



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