CKS Swifts continue their tough run

THE TOUGH games continue for the CKS Swifts as they take on Harrow Balmoral in a must win game in the Horsham District Football League.

Swifts must win tomorrow against Harrow Balmoral.

Swifts must win tomorrow against Harrow Balmoral.

In the past five weeks Swifts have played several of the top teams and have failed to come away with a victory.

If they are to secure a top three finish, which was a club goal at the start of the year, they will need to win tomorrow.

Harrow Balmoral have won most of their games leading up to this match, but are yet to play any of the finals contenders apart from Kalkee, who had a seemingly easy victory.

Coach Ben Martin said it was all about them going into the match.

"We need to focus on playing our own football," Martin said.

"They have been playing pretty good football, but nothing fantastic. The results will depend on whether our boys turn up to play or not."

Swifts kicked poorly last week against the undefeated Laharum and with just four scoring shots less, they were doubled on the scoreboard.

They also had their first goalless quarter for the year and will look to start strongly against Harrow Balmoral.

Martin put the last couple of losses down to a lack of mental toughness.

"Our mental toughness is just not there," Martin said.

"Our decision making under pressure has been shocking. That is definitely an area we need to improve on."

Swifts will go into the game with a similar lineup to that what they took in against Laharum, but will welcome back Martin.

Martin missed last week after receiving a one week ban from the tribunal.

Isaac Rathgeber is likely to return to the team after missing the last couple of games with an inflamed foot.

"Isaac is a big chance to play and will add some grunt to our lineup if he does," Martin said.

"Maybe it is someone like Isaac we have been missing. He said during the week his foot was feeling good again so hopefully he can play."

With only two weeks to go before finals Swifts will focus on playing some fast and tough football in order to get some confidence up.

"Early in the year we beat everyone except Laharum, but in the back half of the season we haven't defeated any of the teams in the top five," Martin said.

"We need to win this week to get some confidence back into the group and consolidate top three. Otherwise the hard work in the first half of the year is for nothing."

Martin knows what his team is capable of if they are able to play close to their best football at Harrow Recreational Reserve tomorrow.

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