White Eagles face tough Dapto double-header

Albion Park's Dane Treneski and Bojan Covic on their home ground at Terry Reserve on Friday. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Albion Park's Dane Treneski and Bojan Covic on their home ground at Terry Reserve on Friday. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

ILLAWARRA PREMIER LEAGUE

Albion Park face the unenviable task of halting the Illawarra Premier League's form side Dapto Dandaloo Fury twice in less than 48 hours this weekend.

In an unusual set of fixtures, the White Eagles host the high-flying Fury on Saturday in round seven of the competition before travelling to Dandaloo Sports Ground for a Bert Bampton Cup tie on Mother's Day.

The 2012 champions lead the competition on the back of an unbeaten start after four matches with wins over finals contenders Bulli and Tarrawanna.

They'll be looking to make Park their next scalp before knocking them out of the Cup on Sunday.

But White Eagles coach Steve Micevski has his squad primed for the challenge.

"They are a quality side so we just need to make sure we are good at what we do best on the day as well," Micevski said. "They are going to be the team to beat this year."

The White Eagles have made a steady start with two wins, a draw and a loss.

Yet Micevski believes their best football is still to be played at Terry Reserve.

"We are still a work in progress. We have shown good commitment coming from behind a few times but are we the finished article? Probably not," Micevski said.

"I think the month off at the start of the year has hurt us more than anyone else, but we are getting back to where we want to be.

"Each game, I like to think we are improving and that's the boys' aim.

"It is no different this week, it doesn't matter about the opposition."

Like most other Premier League clubs, Park's focus is on Saturday's regular-season fixture before the knockout competition.

"We are all in it to try and do well in the league, but any competition where you can win trophies is obviously a focus," Micevski said.

"Our first focus is Saturday and then we will take stock on Sunday.

"We are not going to turn up on Sunday to lose the game."

In other matches, third-placed Tarrawanna host Wollongong United with Port Kembla meeting Wollongong Olympic in Saturday's other blockbuster clash.

Elsewhere, Bellambi go in search of their first Premier League win when they host Bulli, while on Sunday, Woonona play South Coast United.

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