THEY'RE without a win this season but Kempsey Saints believe they're not far off from their first victory as they prepare for an important contest against Port United this weekend.
Saints will go into this Saturday's Coastal Premier League fixture with the added advantage of a seven day turnaround after the postponement of their Wednesday night mid-week match against Coffs City United Lions.
Coach Kevin Sinclair said his team was ready for the Lions match but have moved on and are excited for Saturday.
"We were definitely in game made and organised our preparation for a mid-week fixture but the postponement was beyond our control," he told the Argus.
"You'd like to think it gives you some sort of advantage this weekend but the fact we had two training sessions instead of a game balances it out."
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The Port United side sit in sixth place on the ladder, well above Kempsey in tenth but Sinclair believes his side can challenge for a victory.
Port are also coming off a 2-1 loss to Sawtell in the mid-week round.
"The ladder is irrelevant until everyone plays each other and as we saw with the mid-week games there's surprise results occurring so anyone can beat anyone," he said.
"Our squad is still very confident because we feel no one has put it over us, we've been in every game and we're a real goal-scoring threat."
Sinclair added how happy he is to see juniors continually rise through the ranks at Saints with more debutants in the seniors last week.
"Andrew Jordan and Jake Worthing-Sore made their debuts in reserve grades last week with Jake sitting on the bench in firsts," he explained.
"They're both from under 16's and didn't take a backwards step so we're proud of how our players are developing."
Kick off for first grade is 7pm at Dixie Park, Port Macquarie.