WPL: South Wallsend coach asks Wolves to lift for competition heavyweights Merewether

STRONG: South Wallsend captain and central defender Laura Byrnes, right, has a big task ahead of her against Merewether on Sunday. Picture: Jeff Keating

STRONG: South Wallsend captain and central defender Laura Byrnes, right, has a big task ahead of her against Merewether on Sunday. Picture: Jeff Keating

South Wallsend coach Gary Wilson believes they “will get some joy” if they can contain Merewether’s key players and be more effective at both ends of the field in Herald Women’s Premier League on Sunday.

The Wolves are fourth, but just one point clear of their nearest rivals as the competition enters the final of three rounds.

They have played some quality football but inconsistency has at times cost them and a quick look at the competition statistics tell why.

South Wallsend have leaked 33 goals in 12 appearances and scored 20 goals for the second-worst defensive and offensive records in the league.

“We need to be better in front of goal,” Wilson said.

“We're scoring but we're missing a lot of chances as well and, to be fair, we need to be that little bit more committed in both 18-yard boxes.”

Second-placed United have conceded just 10 goals and scored 43, 11 of which have been against the Wolves.

“They've got some key players, three or four players that pretty much control their whole game,” Wilson said.

“We need to work on containing them and if we do that I think we'll get some joy.”

Merewether are without suspended goalkeeper Alison Logue for the game at Walker Fields.

Warners Bay are at home to Adamstown and Thornton host Mid North Coast.

All games are on Sunday with a 2.15pm kick-off.

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