MID Coast Football face a onerous month of games in Newcastle after Sunday's Herald Women's Premier league clash against Adamstown Rosebuds at the Zone Field at Taree.
The opening two games of the season in March were at Taree. S
ince the competition resumed this month following the COVID-19 lockdown Mid Coast has played a game at Taree and one in Newcastle, winning both. Last Sunday's match was to be in Port Macquarie, however, that was postponed due to wet weather.
Coach Mick Grass said it is important that Mid Coast comes out of Sunday's game with some points before heading to Newcastle for four encounters, where the side's semi-final fortunes could be determined.
After Sunday Mid Coast will play Broadmeadow, competition leaders Newcastle Olympic, Warners Bay and Thornton away. Olympic gave Mid Coast a footballing lesson in the opening game of the year in March at Taree when winning 8-0.
Only one match went ahead last weekend due to washouts when Warners Bay beat New Lambton, so current places on the competition ladder are deceptive.
However, Adamstown are ahead of Mid Coast by a point going into this weekend.
Mid Coast should be at full strength for Sunday. Striker Courtney Anderson has recovered from an ankle problem and trained strongly this week.
Grass predicts Sunday will be a high quality game featuring plenty of free flowing football.
"We both play a similar, open style of football,'' he said.
"It won't be kick and hope.''
Meanwhile the postponed game against Merewether should be played on Saturday September 12.
"We tried to get it earlier, but September 12 is a fair date for both teams,'' Grass said.
While last Sunday's game was to be at Port Macquarie, Grass confirmed the September clash would be at Taree.
Last Sunday was to be the only premier league game played in Port this year.