WITH only three rounds remaining in the AFL North Coast season, each match takes on extra significance with the ladder being so congested.

Today's key match is between Port Macquarie and Sawtell/Toormina at Wayne Richards Park.

These two teams are separated only by percentage so the winner will move one game clear into second and be the best placed to earn the double chance come finals time.

AFL match between Port Macquarie Magpies and Sawtell-Toormina Saints at Wayne Richards Park.
AFL match between Port Macquarie Magpies and Sawtell-Toormina Saints at Wayne Richards Park. Donna Lynch

The Magpies and Saints have bucked the usual form lines, each winning on the other's home patch and Sawtell/Toormina is hoping to keep this trend going as all three of their remaining matches are toss of the coin affairs.

Port need to defend its patch strongly as the next outing for the Magpies is against the unbeaten Byron Bay in the final cross conference round of the season.

With the two teams so evenly matched, so much of today's match could simply boil down to whether or not the Magpies have resolved their recent issues in regards to inaccuracy in front of goal.

Meanwhile, ladder leaders Coffs Breakers are expected to win comfortably at Grafton and should improve their percentage.

The Breakers have two very winnable games ahead of them and are in pole position to finish the season on top of the ladder which would be a remarkable achievement for a club in only its second year of existence.

The Coffs team should be close to full strength at Grafton today. A luxury not many of the teams enjoy at this time of the season.

Grafton has had a tough season and will be looking for the type of performance it delivered against Port at the start of the month where they pushed the Magpies and came within a couple of goals of the win.

Next week Grafton takes on the winless Tweed Coast so this match is a good chance for them to get some form on the board.

Port Macquarie v Sawtell/Toormina
Grafton v Coffs Breakers