Sharks to sharpen their act for Bulli

FOOTBALL - ILLAWARRA PREMIER LEAGUE

With their season on the slide, Woonona coach Rob Bemi hopes a derby match with competition leaders Bulli can provide the spark his players need to reignite their stuttering campaign.

The Sharks have picked up just one point from their past four matches after rocketing out of the blocks to be unbeaten after the first seven games.

"It is probably good timing because hopefully we can get the boys up for a derby game," Bemi said.

Bemi is calling for improvement at both ends of the park against the competition's most prolific goal-scoring unit.

The Sharks have failed to score in three of their past four matches in the Premier League and have given the ball away cheaply at the other end with costly errors.

'That is what we are doing at the moment, we are giving goals away rather than making teams earn them," Bemi said.

"Hopefully we can stop that slide and actually start to convert our pressure into goals.

"We have been playing all right, we just haven't be scoring."

The Sharks have a list of absentees for the clash at Ocean Park and have been struggling with player availability in their poor run of form.

Paul Thompson, Ben Ellul and Luke Mittwollen are all overseas, while Ryan Emerton has reinjured a toe.

The unavailable contingent will soon be joined by Chris Gibson and Nino Merxhushi, who are also heading overseas.

But, a loss at the hands of Bulli could see the them fall as low as eighth by the end of weekend.

In other matches, Wollongong Olympic face Tarrawanna and new Fernhill boss John Fleming will be given his first test against Wollongong United.

On Sunday, Port Kembla host Albion Park White Eagles and Dapto Dandaloo meet Bellambi.

Chris Jackson will oversee his first match at Cringila when they play South Coast United.

ROUND 14

Saturday, 2.30pm

Woonona v Bulli, Ocean Park

Wollongong Olympic v Tarrawanna, PCYC

Fernhill v Wollongong United, Ray Robinson Field

Sunday, 2.30pm

Port Kembla v Albion Park White Eagles, Wetherall Park

Dapto Dandaloo Fury v Bellambi, Dandaloo Sports Ground

Cringila Lions v South Coast United, John Crehan Park

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