IN the words of head coach Joe Scholl “It really is make or break time for the Uki Pythons this weekend” with a double header at Uki Sports Ground.
The embattled club have salvaged just one win and a draw in their opening seven encounters, slithering to a miserable second-last on the ladder with a disappointing -11 goal difference.
However on a tight table, triumphs over both Casino and District on Saturday (3pm) and Richmond Rovers on Sunday (2.30pm) could see the Pythons climb two, possibly three rungs - just one win adrift Richmond and a top five spot. Casino sit just one spot above Uki on goal difference, so a victory for Scholl's men in their first clash would at least see them climb out of the relegation zone, regardless of Sunday's result.
“We're confident we can get points out of both, but we certainly want at least three from Casino,” Scholl said.
“To think the only points they (Casino) have, is off us (from the first round) and that angers me.
“We have the team to go well, but we need to get our confidence and attitude back.
“We had every first grader at training on Monday and that shows me they want to pull their fingers out.
“This time last year we began our charge for the finals, so we can still do it, but we must keep heads up.”
Conversely no points would all but end the season of last year's semi-finalists. “We haven't given up the ghost yet but should we lose both games ... we may as well look to next season worst luck,” Scholl said.
“If we stopped finding the woodwork it would help; I was going to go out Friday after dark and move the posts slightly left or right.
“Taking our chances is what it boils down to.
“I was happy with the efforts of the guys last week, and we should be at full strength minus possibly Will Child at stopper, so we'll see how we go.”
Scholl will be hoping fellow Tweed locals Burringbar run Richmond ragged when the two sides collide on Saturday, leaders Pottsville travel to South Lismore, Goonellabah FC tackle Byron Bay, and Woodburn Wolves take on Dunoon and District.