The Northern Demons face up to State League nemesis and past season rivals Seaford Rangers this Saturday afternoon at the tricky Karingal Reserve as the Reds attempt to keep its high standards on song with another win in its second straight away game.
The Demons have proved already it is a different blended team with an undefeated title alongside it in this State League 2 competition.
The Demons opened the season with a draw with Vipers before winning against Fulham, Adelaide University, the Cobras and last week defeated Uni SA 3-0 in start to the season that has seen the locals take advantage of a kind early season draw giving new Reds coach Andrew McMillan the ability to get his players gelling as a group, but more so a team.
In the meantime the Rangers have always troubled the Demons both home and away particularly last season where the Byrne Park team won 3-0 in a FFA cup tie only to lose 2-5 at home in the round 3 league game before the Reds lost 1-4 again in round 12 at Karingal.
The Demons have some catching up to do against Seaford over the last three seasons, but what the locals are showing so far it could well be the time that the Demons push aside the Karingle Reserve outfit.
Coach McMillan is somewhat concerned about his team’s track record against Seaford and the long away trip south. With the Rangers defeating the Cobras 2-1, and only one point in arrears, this encounter may well be the hardest game of soccer the local Reds will play to date.
However Seaford has reportedly lost several players to South Adelaide Panthers and the likes of leading goal scorer Dayle Anderson seems to have left the Steve Reed-coached club leaving a big hole to fill.
Seaford has James Coley and James Royal who both score goals most games, Daniel Stavrakis, Dylan Torr, captain and goalkeeper Marc Talbot and Kindilon Maclean are main players that the Demons may need to watch.
Nevertheless the Demons overall general play across all positions on the park seem steadier than Seaford who dropped points to Vipers FC in a 0-1 loss in round 2 as did the Demons when it played a scoreless draw with that team. Meanwhile with Nigel Young back playing in goals and that winning feeling growing at Byrne Park from week to week, everything seems rosy for the Northern Demons, but coach Andrew McMillan and his team must be aware going to Seaford.
RESERVES & UNDER 18s
The Demons Reserves who got involved in a goalkicking competition when it won 6-4 against Uni SA takes on Seaford away with the Under 18s resuming also. Last week Seaford Reserves defeated Cobras 4-3 and the Under 18s also won 2-0 making Saturday’s two early Karingal Reserve games interesting battles. But with the Demons more or less having a settled league team it now has the luxury for the Reserves to play potential forward Ajay Sabimana who notched a hat-trick in the Reds win over Uni SA. Seaford Reserves are second and the Demons are in eighth place on the ladder, while in the Under 18s Seaford fourth take on the fifth-ranked Reds.