TAREE Wildcats have two games to build momentum for the Football Mid North Coast Premier League semi-finals.
The Wildcats are in fourth place and unless results go their way in the last two matches, that's where they'll finish.
Taree meets Port FC tomorrow at Port Macquarie before finishing against Kempsey Saints at home.
Port FC appear to be out of the running for a finals berth after going down to Wingham 6-0 last week.
"Apparently they were short of players, but I'd expect they'll be at full strength for us this week,'' Taree coach Josh Ferris said. "And to have any hope of making the semis they'll have to win, so they'll be keen.''
Ferris isn't too concerned about a probably fourth finish as long as his side continues to show improvement,
"We've let ourselves down with a couple of results this year,'' he said. "The players were a little low after we lost mid-week against Macleay after leading. But we were down on numbers for the match against Wallis Lake and we improved on that.
"As long as we keep improve this week I'll be happy. We're about 15 to 20 percent off the top teams at the moment.''
The Wildcats will be closer to full strength tomorrow with Jordan Howard returning up front, where he'll replace Jackston Witts. Mick Brassell has recovered from injury and will take the place of the unavailable Cody Chick in the midfield. Justin Atkins and Cameron Piggott are both unavailable.
Jake Yarnold at the back and goal keeper Piet Gross both keep their places after strong performances against Wallis Lake, where the Wildcats went down 1-0.
"I kept a few blokes as fresh reserves last Saturday but they'll all go back this week,'' Ferris added.
Ideally Taree will take winning form into the playoffs after suffering successive losses although Ferris says neither assignment will be a walkover.
"Kempsey could be desperate for points to stay out of the relegation match, so they'll be giving everything,'' he said.
It's been a bit of an up and down campaign for the defending premiers. Only a few weeks ago the Wildcats were on top of the pile and Ferris said inconsistency has been a problem all year.
"But nearly all our players have been there and done that as far as semi-finals go so that's one thing,'' he said.
Deferred game to be played
FOOTBALL Mid North Coast has decided to play the Old BarWingham premier league game deferred from June 29 a week after the season-proper has finished.
Neither side can make the semi-finals.
The clubs couldn’t agree on a date for the match, with Old Bar wanting it played mod-week at the Zone Field at Taree, while Wingham wanted a Sunday game.