Football Mid North Coast Premier League: Port Saints clash with Wallis Lake

WITH one third of the Football Mid North Coast Premier League season already completed, time is running out for Port Saints.

Saints need to start winning – and according to coach Rubens Camejo it has to start sooner rather than later.

“It is must-win territory for us this week,” he said.

“We need to start winning and we need to start winning now.”

Saints face an uphill task on Saturday at Findlay Park when they clash with defending premiers Wallis Lake.

Saints find themselves five points behind fifth-placed Kempsey Saints heading in to the round six clash and the coach knows they can’t afford too many more slip-ups.

“It is a very short competition and I want us to finish the season better than how we started,” he said.

Camejo expects a physical contest with Wallis and despite being without striker Sam Bailey, Saints won’t alter their playing style.

They will still play their easy-on-the-eye one-touch football.

“We know they’re a physical side,” he said.

“So you need to ensure the ball is gone before they get to you because it avoids the physicality and if not, it’s up to the referee to deal with it.”

A quick look at the table indicates whoever defends the best will win the match.

The defending premiers have only conceded two goals in five matches whereas Saints have leaked 18 goals in five matches.

“We have been working on defence and we had our best start to the season last week because we didn’t concede early,” Camejo said.

Saints eventually held on to pick up a point in a 2-all draw although the coach felt they were unlucky.

That hasn’t always been the case.

“I can’t fault the effort of the players so far this season, but we have been outclassed in a few matches,” he said.

“We were the better side last week.”

First grade kicks off at 3pm with reserve grade at 1.15pm.