Football: Port United to host Macleay Valley Rangers in Football Mid North Coast Premier League

Lead the way: Port United coach Nathan Wade wants Matt Broderick to step up this weekend. Photo: Ivan Sajko

Lead the way: Port United coach Nathan Wade wants Matt Broderick to step up this weekend. Photo: Ivan Sajko

PORT United coach Nathan Wade is looking for more of a killer instinct from his side this weekend.

The third-placed United clash with league leaders Macleay Valley Rangers at Dixie Park after an indifferent couple of weeks.

United has picked up five points from a possible nine over the last three weeks and despite not suffering a defeat in that time, Wade wants more.

He particularly wants an improved showing from his side in front of goal.

“Over the last few weeks we haven’t had enough shots on goal,” he said.

“We’ve had plenty of possession, but if you’re a striker you need to be having three or four shots every game.

“We need to have that killer instinct.”

Their attack could be stifled this weekend with the likely unavailability of a handful of players including Simon Granfield and Matt Bale.

Brendan Prince remains a 50-50 possibility, while goalkeeper Brock Longworth is no certainty to start.

Midfielder Matt Broderick will have an important role to play in the absence of Bale.

“I’ve had a chat with Brods during the week and he has to step up and take a bit of a load on his shoulders,” Wade said.

The coach wasn’t making any excuses and knows the likely unavailability of those players will provide his side with a challenge.

He remained confident they could still get the job done.

“Last time we played them I thought we were pretty close to them, it was just that they put two goals away and we only did one.”

Wade expected a physical encounter with Rangers.

“Their physicality doesn’t bother us because we have a few more older heads who are used to it,” he said.

“There isn’t any secret game plan from us, but we are expecting a tough match.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3pm.

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