ADVANTAGE PLUS: Playing at home gives Northern Storm some leeway against the Bobcats.
ADVANTAGE PLUS: Playing at home gives Northern Storm some leeway against the Bobcats. Adam Hourigan

Pecking order close to sorted

A PAIR of men's Premier League matches vital to the final make-up of the top four is the highlight of North Coast Football action this weekend.

Northern Storm and Maclean are locked in a battle for fourth spot and their meeting at Korora today could mean the difference between reaching the semi-finals or missing out.

After a slow start to the season, which saw them lose their opening four matches, Northern Storm has bounced back to record five wins and two draws from their past 11 matches to sit just inside the top four.

Maclean has hit a hurdle of late, securing only seven points from the past eight matches.

Old rivals Urunga and Coffs United meet tomorrow at the Cabbage Patch and have an undeniable opportunity to edge ahead in the battle for second position on the ladder.

The Lions have only conceded multiple goals twice this season and both times this was against Boambee.

Urunga will have to find a way to score at least twice if the side is to take all three points in this contest as Coffs United's attack looks dangerous, with 50 goals scored from the past 11 matches.

Battles between these two teams are always hotly contested and the meeting on Urunga's home turf will be no different.

Boambee leads the competition but second position brings with it the important double chance come finals time, making the meeting with Grafton United all-important.