Casino Cobra (8) Joel Brus at Richards Oval in LIsmore. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Casino Cobra (8) Joel Brus at Richards Oval in LIsmore. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Cobras talk of town

CASINO Cobras are fast becoming the sporting talk of their town after making a superb start to the Far North Coast soccer season.

The unfancied Cobras have made a super start to 2013 and are chasing potential silverware on two fronts.

A string of impressive victories in the Tursa Anzac Cup and the Northern NSW State Cup has caught the eye and earmarked the Cobras as a team to watch when premier division league action kicks off next month.

Although he is keeping cool about his team's chances of success, head coach Jason Lines said his side was fast gaining attention for its results.

"The whole town is talking about it," he said.

"The cricketers and the league players have been asking us what is in the water we've been drinking.

"It is a really good feeling but the guys know it's about one game at a time."

The Cobras' latest success came with a 3-1 victory over Italo Stars on Tuesday night.

Goals from Dylan Clarke, Josh Rankin and an own goal helped secure the win and cement a berth in the Anzac Cup semi-finals.

A tough task awaits the Cobras there, though, with the Byron Bay Rams - another side in handy pre-season form - lying in wait.

"That will be the acid test for us," Lines said.

"I know they have been banging in some goals, so it will be tough.

"We will certainly give them a shake (though)."

Despite the impressive start to the campaign, Lines is playing down his team's chances of challenging for Football FNC honours this year.

"We are not looking that far ahead," he said.

"We are just looking to make sure we are not in the relegation scrap. That is our first aim."

Lines said a tough pre-season training regime and a new football ethos was the key to his team's good start.

"I think it is just about keeping everything simple," he said.

"I think you can over-complicate things sometimes and make people worried about whether what they are doing is right.

"Everyone has a role to play in the side and it's about making sure they know what their job is.

The Anzac Cup competition will continue next Tuesday.

Defending champions Workers must beat Italo Stars by a four-goal margin to progress to the semi-finals after a stuttering start to this year's campaign.



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