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Consistency key for travelling South team

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August 12, 2017

Consistency is key for Shepparton South and, after an interrupted month of soccer, Uwe Paffrath’s side is looking for continuity.

South has only played three times in the past five weeks with the fixtures making sure byes have come at a crucial time.

‘‘We have got that out of the way now, the girls are looking forward to the continuity and pushing towards a finals position,’’ Paffrath said.

‘‘We have five games left to play and we need to work on cementing our spot inside the top four; it is a close season and the girls know there is still plenty of work to do.’’

It will be no easy feat tomorrow when South travels to Golden City without five key players.

Lucinda Murdoch, Jasmine Furphy, Brioni Serafini, Katy Bradley and Alicia Priest will all be unavailable this weekend, leaving South with only 13 fit players.

‘‘We are running a little bit thin at the moment,’’ Paffrath said.

‘‘Hopefully no-one breaks down and we can get through unscathed because the longer we go into the season the more likely we are to get everyone back.’’

South trounced City the last time these two sides met, winning 7-1.

On that day, Sam Mackay, Jasmine Vukcevic (2), Serafini and Murdoch (3) all managed to find the back of the net.

A win tomorrow could potentially see South, which has played one or two games less than most, create breathing space between itself and fourth-placed Eaglehawk.

However, the side is still 17 points off league Shepparton United, but that does not faze Paffrath.

‘‘We have beaten them before and when the girls are up and about and their confidence is high they know they can beat anyone,’’ Paffrath said.

United has the bye this week.

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