The South Coast Flame Men’s side will host Camden Tigers in round 13 at Ian McLennan Park on Saturday.
The side held Newcastle Jets scoreless for 56 minutes on Sunday night – no easy feat and a vast improvement on the round one encounter.
With a bit more luck, it could have been a different story.
Jets coach – Daniel McBreen, credited the valiant Flame defence and toughness throughout the game.
It is clear going up against the form side of the competition this week, Flame is going to need more of the same.
Flame was left heartbroken the last time they faced the Tigers (Round 2) when an injury time-penalty snatched a point for Camden in a 1-1 draw.
The inform Tigers currently sit in third having won their last four matches.
Jayden Russel has proved the main goal-scoring threat for the side finding the net on five occasions including in Tuesday night’s victory against Western NSW.
Flame have shown that their position on the table does not really justify their ability.
They have proven to be more resilient defensively and are now starting to find the net.
With players just starting to come back from injury, this adds much-needed depth to the squad.
A positive result on Saturday night could ignite the Flame as they look to make a charge for a Finals position.
The under-20s were comprehensively beaten 8-1 by the competition benchmark side – Newcastle Jets on Sunday.
In saying that, there were still several positives to come out from that.
The last time the side faced Camden back in round two, the Tigers got up 2-0 with a couple of late goals.
The match was also marred by a serious injury to a Camden player.
Flame will be looking for a strong performance as they look to improve on recent results.
Camden are sitting ninth in the league and have lost their past four matches. If Flame can put in a solid 90-minute shift, there is no reason why they can’t bag the three points this week.
Coach George Kulcsar believes “executing the mental, technical, tactical and physical game plan will be key to their success” against the inform Tigers.
South Coast Flame v Camden Tigers @ Ian McLennan Park
Saturday 29 May – 4.30pm and 6.30pm respectively.
The Women’s team came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Warilla Wanderers at King Mickey Park.
It will be a very difficult task for the girls this weekend taking on University Yellow on Sunday at Ian McLennan Park.
The Bonny Lassie Cup champions are in second position after seven matches having won every game since an opening-round draw to Thirroul.
Whilst Uni have firepower all over the park, Tahlia Petrovski will likely be a major attacking outlet for the Unicorns as she is the top scorer for the side including netting an impressive hat-trick against Kiama in round five.
Flame appear to step up a gear when they take on the top teams and coach Daniel Naumovski will look to have the ladies fired up for this one.
No doubt it will be a challenging afternoon for Flame on Sunday, but a result would be a huge momentum-builder heading into the remainder of the season.
South Coast Flame v University Yellow @ Ian McLennan Park
Sunday 30 May – 4.30 pm