Will the Kings unit comeback?
IF they can stand strong at home to second-placed Magic United tomorrow afternoon, the Tweed Valley Kings may be able to close their season out on a high.
With every loss, the Kings’ hopes of Gold Coast premier league survival diminish.
Yet with eight rounds remaining, the Kings still have every chance of scraping through for yet another campaign in the top flight.
Four points adrift at the foot of the ladder, they are at least a win and a draw away from ensuring a playoff with the first division runners-up.
But they have a seven-goal superior difference over fellow cellar-dwellers Runaway Bay and despite recording worse results, have played the far better football.
Rarely have the Kings been dealt a hammering, and rarely have they been totally out-played.
Rather, they have shown a bit of grit when the bounce of the ball has not gone their way – which has been the case throughout the majority of the 14 rounds.
So lining up against a team at the other end of the spectrum will not intimidate.
Particularly when Tweed showed what they were capable of last time the two teams met and shared a 1-1 draw.
Amazingly too, while the Kings have failed to beat a bottom-four side, they scalped Musgrave, which lies seventh, earlier in the season, and fourth-placed Coomera a month ago.
Furthermore, third-placed reigning premiers Broadbeach only managed a 2-1 defeat of the Kings in the last round of games.
With Runaway Bay facing an uphill battle against sixth-placed Burleigh and Nerang and Surfers Paradise above them both playing top-six sides, any points salvaged could prove crucial in the closing rounds.
Especially as the Kings have what they would consider a relatively easy run home – Burleigh, Southport, Musgrave, Runaway Bay, Surfers Paradise their next five – with plenty of potential points on offer.
The action begins at 4pm.