Dunoon eyes top five

LOOKING at the FFNC first division table, at first glance Uki appears to be cruising in its quest for a top-five finish.

However, dig a little deeper towards the foot of the ladder and it becomes apparent there’s a lot riding on this afternoon’s encounter with Dunoon.

Dunoon sit six points adrift in sixth spot, and will no doubt run on to the Uki Sport’s Ground like its season depends on it.

With eight rounds remaining, it sort of does.

Uki is in an appalling form slump and has lost its past four straight, conceding 24 goals.

Dunoon has two games in hand on the Pythons and one of them, tomorrow’s double header with winless wooden-spooners Kyogle, is almost a certain three-pointer.

As the goal difference is only in Uki’s favour by four, two triumphs in two days would launch Dunoon into the fifth and final finals spot, still with a game in hand on Uki.

Conversely a Pythons victory would essentially shut the gate on any Dunoon reprieve. In Uki’s favour is the return from injury of several key players, highlighted by the return of star goal-keeper Duaine Bianchetti.

“Duaine is a very welcome return and should strengthen our defence,” coach Joe Scholl said.

“If we can’t beat Dunoon, though, we’re in trouble and probably don’t deserve to be the in the semis.”

Meanwhile, locked in a battle for second, Burringbar will be out to bury as many as possible against Kyogle at the Burringbar Sports Complex.

The action begins at 3pm.

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