Soccer: Resurgent Workers aiming for third spot
LISMORE Workers have hit their stride and will look to claim third spot on the ladder with an away win over Casino tonight in FNC premier league soccer.
The Redmen have rediscovered their scoring touch, winning their past three games by big margins and knocking in 15 goals, but coach Zac Crowley is trying to keep his players grounded.
"We're not getting too carried away, things can quickly shift again if we don't stay focused and consolidate our position over the last three rounds," Crowley said.
"It's always tough playing Casino at home. They'll work hard and not give up so we'll have to concentrate hard on our own game."
Crowley has Jonty Miller still sidelined with injury and doubts over Jamie Hill and Xenon Kowalczyk but the Redmen will still start as firm favourites against a Casino side playing for pride alone.
The Cobras are safe from relegation but can't make the semis, leaving coach Shane Hogan to blood some younger players with an eye to next year.
Striker Josh Rankin and midfielder Zac Walker will debut, giving the talented teenagers a chance to shine.
"We have nothing to lose so all the pressure is on Workers," he said.
"We're already happy with our progress this season after being promoted and are planning for next year."
Hogan will look for onfield leadership from the experienced Dean Casey and Nathan Scully, along with former Workers players Scott Creighton and Zac Innes, who will relish the chance to have an impact against their old club.
If the Cobras are to cause an upset their defence will need to tighten up, having conceded 16 goals in their past three games.
But they do have plenty of spirit and with several danger players capable of the unexpected, there will be no room for complacency from the Redmen.
Kick-off is 8pm.