Valleys and Clinton have everything to play for in their sudden death preliminary final on Saturday at Wolves.
Valleys and Clinton have everything to play for in their sudden death preliminary final on Saturday at Wolves. Brenda Strong

Clinton prepared for finale

CLINTON'S first division side will attempt to set the platform for the club's Cap League grand final with a win over Valleys in their preliminary final at Wolves on Saturday.

“As much as we want to win for ourselves if we can get the day started in the right way we're looking forward to doing our part then supporting them,” coach Neil Hamilton said.

After a loss to BTFC in last week's major semi, Clinton is eager to bounce back and has trained well in preparation for the sudden death final.

“They were really keen on Tuesday night; we did a lot of running and worked a lot on sharpness,” Hamilton said.

Clinton has won two and lost two against Valleys this season, and Hamilton believes the outcome of their latest match-up will be determined by attack.

“I think it will really come down to taking chances,” he said. “It's easy to say you've got to score goals to win a game but, especially in finals, it's about scoring goals, making chances and putting pressure on the other team.

“Whoever gets to attack the most will probably have the better game. We'll be looking to play most of the game in attack. We spent too much time in our own half against BTFC last week.”

Valleys' speed is another area of concern for Clinton, which will need to shut down its opponents' free-flowing style in order to control the pace of the game.

“Valleys are a fairly fast team, they play good soccer and play the ball around the field fairly quick so in that sense we're very similar,” Hamilton said.

The game kicks off at 3pm with the winner to face BTFC in next week's grand final.



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