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Forrie take on Armadale in first NPLWA derby

On Saturday evening all roads will lead to the Wildlife Safari Stadium, Hartfield Park when Forrestfield United take on Armadale in the first NPLWA derby. (7pm)

Forrestfield’s first game in the NPL ended in a 1-1 draw against Floreat Athena last weekend, while the Reds made the perfect start to the season, well beating Joondalup United, but it came at a cost with Billy Quinncroft and Chris Jackson sent off, and both will miss Saturday’s game.

Forrie midfielder Jordan Hart said they were a little disappointed not to have taken all three points against Floreat. “Coming up against the night series winners was always going to be a big challenge especially after they easily knocked us out a few weeks before, so going into the game I think we would have been happy with a point,” he explained.

“We’ve worked hard all preseason and it came together in the game creating a decent amount of chances and unlucky to not a put a few more away which cost us in the end. Decent teams only need a sniff and will punish you for it, so it was a little disappointing not to get all three points.”

Hart said Saturday will be another test for the ‘New kids on the block’ but he said they can’t wait.  “We’re all looking forward to the local derby it should be tough match and we are expecting a larger crowd than last week as I know Armadale crowd will no doubt try to compete with the Forrie army,” he said.

“Again they are the team to beat and have set the tempo after their big win last week, but we are looking to it and can’t wait for another big test.”

Head Coach Rod Banjac said last week’s performance was good but they need to keep their consistency up. “The game against the Night Series Champions showed that we can mix it with the best but we are very much aware that it’s a long season and it is consistency that will get us over the line, and that can be difficult to achieve with a young squad,” he explained.

“Most pleasing about the game against Floreat was the somber state of our change room as the boys were disappointed with the end result. And that is the mind set of our talented young squad. They are all winners playing for the Forrie badge and with the support of The Mighty Forrie Army, they feel invincible.

“We are now settling nicely into a routine and enjoying the season on the back of a fantastic preparation where the boys showed commitment, heart, skill and ability to compete at the very demanding NPL Level.

Banjac said the addition of former Perth Glory striker Bobby Despotovski has been a great move by the club and he has brought in new ideas. “Adding Bobby to our coaching staff is proving to be extremely valuable as he unselfishly shares his knowledge,” he said.

“We all know him as a true champion at the highest level, a highly intelligent player, passionate and a true professional but it is his ability to connect with the coaching staff and in particular the players that truly make him a standout. So to have such a high calibre Football personality amongst us would never be possible without the professional infrastructure created at our great club.”

Banjac said Saturday’s opponents will be confident after their first up NPLWA win. “Saturday will be a true test of character for our players as it is a derby and Armadale are coming into the match on a high following a dominant 3:0 performance over Joondalup United,” he said.

“We will approach the game with caution but full of confidence and a slight psychological advantage as we beat them 2:1 in the Night Series. It promises to be a fantastic game of football. And no doubt a bit more special than usual as it is a real derby with dominance of the eastern corridor at stake, and no doubt there will be plenty of banter as Armadale does their best to keep up with now world famous and our own “The Mighty Forrie Army.”