LOCAL soccer fans will be pitted against each other tomorrow as the Kempsey Saints take on the Macleay Valley Rangers at Dangar Street.
The Rangers may be at home for the match, but it is the Saints who have the momentum going into the game having thrashed Port United 7-0 last Saturday to move up to third on the competition ladder.
In contrast, the Rangers’ 0-3 defeat to Forster Tuncurry Tigers on the weekend was their fourth of the season with the side now second last on the table.
Saints coach, Jason Fisher, said the varying fortunes of the two teams in the past few weeks should make for an intriguing battle.
“They have been pretty dominant in the past but I feel we are closing the gap,” he said.
“I think this has got to be one of the first times that we will be going in as favourites. It won’t be an easy game because they will obviously be very hungry for a win.”
The local derby has a rich history in the region with some classic matches played out in the past.
Both teams could not be separated in either of their two encounters last year with both matches finishing 1-1.
Rangers coach, Peter Henry, said the fixture is one that players from both sides look forward to.
“There is always a bit more energy and enthusiasm from the players which is just part of the local rivalry,” he said.
“It’s a lot of fun for teams to play in front of a strong home crowd so it should be good day. We are looking to get the ball rolling in the second half of the season and a win against the Saints would be a great start.”
The Kempsey Saints will take on the Macleay Valley Rangers at Dangar Park from 3pm.