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POTTSVILLE will be looking to turn around some poor early season form when it faces South Tweed Colts tomorrow on day one of round three in the Gabba Sports Cup.

The two old Tweed district rivals will meet at Dave Burns Field, Fraser Drive, with very different records to date.

Strong batting has seen Colts chalk up good wins over northern teams Redlands and Mudgeeraba?Nerang, while Pottsville has suffered two outright losses to Palm Beach-Currumbin (PB-C) and Queens.

Once again, the boys from Pottsville, the nomads of the competition without a home ground to call their own, will be playing an away game and hoping for their first win.

Pottsville captain Josh Singh said his team needed to find batting form soon or risk losing touch with the leading teams on the ladder.

"We've had our moments and let opportunities slip, but we need to compete for the whole game," Singh said.

"The bowlers are doing the job, but our batting is letting us down. We haven't made the 100 runs mark in four innings."

Singh said there was some consolation that the losses were to two of the stronger northern teams and Pottsville, the only Tweed side to make the quarter finals in 2003, will not have to face them again.

"They are probably ranked one and two, but another loss would make it hard for us to catch the other teams, so we will be trying very hard against Colts," he said.

"The batsmen practised on the centre square this week in an effort to find form.

"Once we can get a big score and our first win, the confidence will come back and we should be back on track," Singh said.

In other Gabba Cup games, Murwillumbah plays PB-C, the game transferred to Galleon Way as Salk Oval at Currumbin is still not ready for play.

Cudgen takes on Queens at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff, while Terranora meets Broad- beach-Robina at Bilambil.