Bandits hit the road to Lismore

THE Burringbar Bandits' ability to travel will be put to the test this weekend when the club plays two consecutive away games, both in Lismore.

It's hardly an ideal situation for the second-placed Burringbar, but due to rain disruptions earlier in the year, Football Far North Coast has had to drastically readjust the first division schedule.

The Bandits will play South Lismore this afternoon at 3pm and then have to return to the Lismore fields tomorrow to play the Richmond Rovers at 2.30pm.

However good results for the Bandits could see them put a clear gap on the rest of the table, with only Pottsville standing in front of them.

The Tweed Coast team and first division competition leaders are home to the Uki Pythons this afternoon with the seniors match kicking off at 5pm.

After a much-needed win over Woodburn last week, Uki has taken heart and will no doubt be eager to take it up to Pottsville.

However Pottsville coach Dave Lonie isn't taking his opponents lightly and knows Uki is a team with plenty of spirit and will be on a bit of a high after some solid performances recently.

“Our focus is to just keep taking things one game at a time and to keep winning, and the players are looking forward to Uki,” Lonie said.

“They are a side which are capable of pulling a few surprises, so we need to be wary of them and we know they would like nothing better than to try and upset us.

“We are going into this match with our strongest possible line-up and we will see how it all pans out.

“Naturally if there is an opportunity to give some of the reserves time on the field, we will try, but our focus is on getting the points first.”

In other first division matches this weekend, Woodburn hosts Richmond, Byron Bay is home to Dunoon and Casino travels to play Goonellabah.

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