A WIN on Sunday will help Leeton United secure their position on the ladder, but a plucky South Wagga team awaits.
The Football Wagga competition is coming a bye weekend and all teams will be up and about as the finals near.
United are fourth on the ladder and are hopeful of pushing for a top three finish.
This weekend they will take on the seventh-placed South Wagga side, which challenged them right to the end in their last encounter.
In that match, Leeton United were leading 4-0 and were well on their way to a big win.
However, South Wagga scored three goals in quick succession with 20 minutes left in the match, to finish 4-3.
United assistant coach Joe Trifogli said it was important the team got away to a good start and continued with it for the full match.
“The break did us pretty good … there were a few with niggling injuries,” he said.
“I’m one that would have liked to have kept playing as we had the momentum from the weekend before, but it was still a chance for us to refresh.
“This is a very important match for us.”
Adam Raso will sit out the weekend still on suspension, but coach Mick Doolin will have Scott Munro and Carlo Trifogli available for selection.
Nick Trifogli could also take the field after a lengthy break with a hamstring injury, pending a fitness test.
Trifogli said the team had upped the ante at training and was hopeful that would be reflected in Sunday’s match at the Mia Sports Field.
“The lads have really upped their intensity at training,” he said.
“That has been really good to see.
“I think we could still push for a top three finish, but we would have to win all of our games from here on in.
“A top two finish is out of reach, but even if we secure fourth, once we get to finals anything can happen.”
United were sitting on top of the ladder at the end of round one, but a series of draws and losses meant they dropped back to fourth.
The game on Sunday against South Wagga will get underway at 3pm.