Sidestep: Northern Rangers’ Geofery Wani in action against Olympia at the NTCA Ground last month.
NOTHING gets any easier for the two Launceston teams in the Tasmanian Premier League with both facing tough fixtures on Saturday.
Launceston City travel to face reigning champions Olympia while Northern Rangers host the competition’s form team Devonport City at the NTCA Ground.
Northern Rangers coach Dane Hudson heaped praise on the Coastal outfit with five wins and several big scalps to their name this season.
“Tough assignment for us against a side that I believe is a real premiership chance,” he said.“Devonport are very good all over the park, so we have to be up and about from the kick-off.
“They are fit, organised and hard to break down. This game will be a great measuring stick for us at theend of the first round.”
With just two points to show from their six games, Rangers are under no illusions that they must improve and expect to field the same 11from their previous game against City.
Lino Sciulli’s black and white army travel to Warrior Park fresh from a week off although Dom Rossi may need more time to return.
“Very strong team who are hard enough to beat anywhere let alone their own ground,” Sciulli said ofGlen Mcneill’s men who have suffered three losses in their opening six fixtures
“We need to bevery strong defensively and sort out our middle of the park as I thought we were poor in that area lastmatch.
“It’s going to be a huge game as the last game at this venue was one to forget for us, we need to work veryhard in all areas and that is just to be competitive.
“The area we need to focus on the most is that we need to work harder in the middle of the parkdefensively.”
Two Southern derbies complete the round with winlessKingborough hosting Clarence at Lightwood Park on Saturday, 24 hours before Hobart Zebras look to extend their 100 per cent record when they take on South Hobart at KGV.
South Hobart and Devonport are both snapping at the Zebras’ hooves, separated by an eye-catching margin of 25 in the goal difference column.
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