LEETON-WHITTON coach Jade Hodge wants his side to work out the kinks in their game against the Eagles on Saturday.
The Crows will host Narrandera at the Leeton Showground on Saturday and Hodge wants the team to drill down on their consistency.
He said there was still a big gap between their best and worst football.
“It’s been our problem all year,” Hodge said.
“We lack that consistency and we can be very patchy.
“I think we really need to be working on getting that consistency to be part of our game.
“Come finals if we are playing like we are now, it’s not going to be good.
“There’s a lot of improvement still to come.”
The Crows will be without several of their young brigade this weekend due to school commitments, as well as Ben Curley being unavailable.
This leaves several positions open for others to be pushing for.
Hodge said Joel Crowhurst and Will Wakeman would be back on the selection table after impressing in reserve grade last week.
While Narrandera are still languishing at the bottom of the Riverina Football League ladder, Hodge said the Crows couldn’t afford to think the win had already come before taking to the field.
“Narrandera are a very proud club and we’ve got to respect them,” he said.
“We can’t afford to be playing the football we have been and I know they will want to push us.
“They’ve improved throughout the year, so while they haven’t won a game, they will definitely come out wanting to beat us.
“Our guys need to make sure they go in wanting to play their best football.
“Anything else at this stage of the year isn’t acceptable.”
The Crows are third on the ladder and are certainly in with a good shot of winning their final two games against the Eagles and then Coolamon before having the bye a week out from finals.
“I’m looking for a well-rounded performance on Saturday,” Hodge said.
“If we can play four solid quarters of footy I’ll be happy.”
The match will also be Leeton-Whitton’s final home game of the season, with all supporters encouraged to head out on Saturday it what should be good weather for the game against the old rivals. First grade will get underway at 2.10pm.
I think we really need to be working on getting that consistency to be part of our game.Leeton-Whitton coach Jade Hodge