Heat is on Thistles and Workers in soccer clash tonight
AFTER slow starts to the season, Lismore rivals Thistles and Workers will try to build some momentum with a win in their clash at Thistles Park tonight in Far North Coast premier league soccer.
Thistles have just one win from their first four starts, while Workers have a win and a draw, leaving both desperate to improve.
After a string of injuries Thistles are back to full strength but coach Craig Kennedy knows the pressure to reach the semi-finals has only just begun.
"This is already a must win game for us after losing our first three," he said.
"We got back on track with a good win over Lennox last week, but our finishing left a lot to be desired and we have to improve on that part of our game."
Strikers Kaine Allen, Nathan McCann and Jye Wilson will bear much of that responsibility while midfielders Darren Beardow and Chris Hunt will also play important roles in creating opportunities.
Workers coach Zac Crowley was happy with their improvement in drawing with the powerful Byron Bay last week but knows the threat posed by the Blues could slow their progress.
"They are a high intensity side and they're quick on the counter, so we'll need to be on our guard," he said.
Energetic midfielder Sam Sharkey comes back into their line-up and his combination with Matt Keevers will lend some spark to the attack, but big striker Jonty Miller is missing with Paddy Kable likely to be moved forward.
Both sides like to play a fast, one-touch game when at their best, but maintaining possession will be just as important in a match where pressure on the ball carrier will be constant.
Kick-off is 8pm.
In the other game tonight, Goonellabah will look to regain some confidence after their big loss to Richmond Rovers last week.
The Hornets will start favourites when they host Alstonville at 8pm but Villa have players such as Rick Hanna who are capable of causing some surprises.