Kings face premier test
RIDING the success of last week's 2-1 win over the Gold Coast Knights, the Tweed Valley Kings will be put to the test again tonight when they host reigning premier Broadbeach United.
The Kings will field a revised formation for their first outing at Ned Byrne Field, with coach Craig Madden welcoming seasoned defender Aaron Hodges back to the fold.
With last week's form central defender Chris Brown missing through injury, Madden said Hodges' return was a welcomed one.
“It's just a foot injury, so Chris should only be out for a week,” Madden said.
“Aaron's a very experienced footballer though and will more than fill the void.”
Young-gun Leyton Pauley and substitute Ben Waldon are also pressing to start this week after missing the season opener against the Knights.
Madden said the players needed to keep their focus to come away with a win.
“Broadbeach won the competition last year, but my boys are confident and they've just got to keep their mind on the job,” he said.
“We need to focus on our intensity and possession of the ball.
“We dropped off in that area last week.
"That was the problem towards the end of the game.”
While his charges made an impressive start to the season last week, Madden said the team needed to take each game week by week.
He expected Broadbeach to provide a far better gauge as to how his troops were travelling.
“We've only had one game and it was great but we need to do that each week,” he said yesterday.
“Everyone's got to be on their game every time.”
Madden said he was looking forward to a home crowd at the Cudgen Leagues Club.
“We haven't played there before but the locals should get behind us,” he said.
Kings president Pete Gladwin said he wanted to thank Cudgen for its generosity.
“Cudgen Leagues is a great place to showcase our club as representing the entire Tweed shire,” he said.
Kick-off is at 6pm, with the youth grade starting at 2pm and the reserves at 4pm.