Consistent and clinical. They are the two things coach Keelan Hamilton believes Maitland must be against Herald Women's Premier League heavyweights Newcastle Olympic on Friday night.
The two sides meet at Cooks Square Park. Olympic, second with nine points from four outings, are coming off a 6-0 win over Mid Coast while the Magpies, fifth on three, paid the price for not taking their early chances last match in a 1-0 loss to Warners Bay.
"We're going to have to be clinical because we know that Olympic are a good side going forward," Hamilton said. "They score a lot of goals, so we're going to have to defend really effectively. That's the first and foremost what we have to do.
"I thought on the weekend we lost control of midfield and we didn't stick to our process well enough, so definitely a focus has been about that, that we need to be much more consistent in our process and within our own effort areas to make sure that we are competitive for longer periods."
Maitland joined WPL this year and have shown plenty of promising signs in their four outings to date but carry the underdogs tag into the match.
"I think we're definitely underdogs and, whilst the expectations that we put on ourselves are higher than what we've achieved so far in terms of results, I think our performances overall have been pretty good," Hamilton said.
"I think we made a decent match of it against Broadmeadow. I think we were the better side against Charlestown without getting a result. I think it was a match of two halves against Adamstown. Then last week you could make an argument where I think we could have had at least a point deservedly, possibly even three points out of the match over the course of the whole 90 minutes.
"So whilst we're definitely underdogs, I definitely think we should not be doubting ourselves in our ability to actually go and match them. They are a confident, experienced side but we have things that we are good at as well and, if we perform them for long enough periods, I think we can put them under pressure."
Fleet-footed wingers Georgia Amess and Georgia Little are out for Olympic but there are plenty of other scoring options in their side.
Last year's leading scorer and player of the year Jemma House found her feet again with a hat-trick against Mid Coast. Midfielder Jade Mcatamney and Keea Parrish up front have both proven handy additions this year, scoring on multiple occasions.
At the other of the pitch, Olympic have leaked just three goals this campaign. Two of those were in their only loss - a 2-0 defeat at the hands of unbeaten leaders Broadmeadow (12).
"I definitely think there's areas that we can exploit," Hamilton said. "I've had a look at a couple of their games from last season and this season as well. But, having said that, they're very experienced.
"Right across the park they've got a lot of players with a lot of games under their belt and they've got some good individual quality as well in key areas, particularly in the front third, that can hurt you. So it's a difficult fixture for us but, like every team, there are areas where we can exploit them and we'll go into the game trying to win it and hopefully give a good account of ourselves."
Maitland are likely to still be without captain and strike weapon Sophie Stapleford, who is nursing a quadriceps injury.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm and will be streamed live through BarTV Sports.
On Saturday, Charlestown are at home to Warners Bay and Adamstown take on Broadmeadow. On Sunday, Mid Coast play New Lambton in Taree.
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