Big test ahead for Forrie in Night Series

Forrestfield United are in NPL-WA Night Series action on Friday evening when they take on six times Night Series winners Floreat Athena in the Quarter-Finals at Dalmatinac Park (8.30pm)

It’s back to the same venue, that last week saw FUSC beat Armadale 2-1, with a stunning strike from Callum Dobbs the difference between the teams on the scoreboard, but it was FUSC who dominated and deserved the win.

FUSC Head Coach Rod Banjac said they are enjoying the competition and mixing it with the best teams in the state. “Our whole club is enjoying the Night Series as we look forward to mixing it with the “big boys”, but we are under no illusion about the challenges waiting for us on Friday and beyond,” he explained.

“Floreat are a big club with a proven track record at this level and are full of quality players. Obviously they are well prepared and hungry for silverware but our squad is gaining momentum as we started our pre-season late due to the playoffs last year.

“These games are fantastic in regards to assisting us to prepare for the season proper as they are taken a bit more seriously and therefore gives us an opportunity to get a feel for this level of competition.”

Banjac said game time in the player’s legs is vital, as they prepare for their inaugural NPL-WA season game, ironically against Friday’s opponents Floreat. “Although nowhere near match fit our squad is young, dynamic and full of fearless competitors and the bigger the challenge the better they perform,” he said.

“One thing is for certain, and that is that everyone will get their monies worth as there will be some good Football on exhibition. I have no doubt that our boys will want to give The Forry Army glimpses of what’s coming in the season ahead.”

Speaking to FUSC midfielder Mitch Crocker said the win against Armadale last week was well deserved. “The night series is purely to get match fitness for the proper season. We will be focused and organised but every minute in the legs now will count when it comes to that first game in the NPL,” he explained.

“The boys had a good run out against Armadale, but there was a bit of rust in the legs, and a bit of squad shuffling, but I thought we dominated and deserved the win.”

Crocker said Saturday’s opponents have strong side, but they are looking forward to the challenge. “We play them in the opening league game so it will be good to see we’re we are at,” he said.

“They (Floreat) are a quality side, and we are well aware of the threat they can be. But we have a style of play that makes us a threat to anyone we come up against. It should be an interesting game seeing as we are both such attack minded teams.”

Match Details

Floreat Athena v FUSC

Friday February 2 2018

Venue: Dalmatinac Park

Kick-off – 8.30pm