TAREE captain-coach Jordan Howard again stressed the need for his side to capitalise on goal scoring opportunities as they prepare to take on Football Mid North Coast Premier League hotshots Port United tomorrow at Port.
"We have to be more clinical in front of the goal,'' Howard explained.
"We're just not making the most of our chances. That's everyone, myself included.''
The Wildcats downed Wauchope 3-0 last week at Omaru Park to record the side's maiden win of the year. But while the final score points to a resounding victory, Howard said the margin should have been greater.
Howard warned that the Wildcats won't get as many opportunities against United as they did against Wauchope. So if a goal is in the offing, they need to take full advantage.
From six games United has conceded just two goals to have the best defensive record in the competition. In contrast Taree has let 11 goals through, although they conceded four to Camden Haven in a game where they were short of numbers.
Howard knows the Wildcats face a massive game tomorrow.
"United's unbeaten for a reason,'' he said.
"They're strong right across the field and their reserve grade's also going well, so they have depth. We've had an indifferent start to the season for various reasons so it would be good to get a big scalp this weekend.''
United's four point buffer
PORT United has a four point buffer over second placed Port Saints at the top of the Football Mid North Coast Premier League competition ladder.
Taree Wildcats sit back in sixth place, but still with a game in hand against Kempsey Saints, caused by Saints' commitments in the FFA Cup.
Kempsey Saints are fifth, but have two deferred games in hand.
Meanwhile the Wildcats will be without unavailable goal keeper Curtis Jones for this week's clash against Port United at Port Macauarie.
However, captain-coach Jordan Howard said Aaron Green is a capable standby.
"I think we have the two best keepers in the competition,'' he said.
Meanwhile in other matches this weekend Kempsey Saints host Tuncurry-Forster, Wauchope will be at home to Port Saints and Camden Haven do battle with Macleay Valley.
Wallis Lake has the bye.