It’s Derby Day!!!

The top of the All Flags State League Division One is getting tight, with just three points separating the top three sides, and Forrestfield United will be looking to keep the pressure on the top two when they make the trip to Walter Padbury Reserve to take on Gosnells City in the local derby.

Forry Head Coach Rod Banjac said it’s always a great atmosphere when they take on their near neighbours. “The last time we clashed in the league, way back in 2012, we as a club was on its knees and “the noisy neighbours” were brutal while smashing five goals past us without a single reply, and that torturous year we finished rock bottom and were relegated to Division Two,” he said.

“But The Mighty Forrie is a one tough competitor, and having a long memory will very much add to the occasion when again we lock horns in front of what promises to be another big crowd at Walter Padbury Reserve. Our boys are a reflection of all the hard work invested in our club by dedicated volunteers and community members who are supporting and monitoring every bit of progress they make on the playing surface with pride.”

Banjac praised his admiration the players attitude and he and the coaching staff are delighted the way the club is heading. “Terry, myself and rest of the committed coaching staff throughout the club cannot possibly express our satisfaction in how far we have progressed in recent years. Our teams are so healthy in body and mind to the point that no matter who we play, there is no doubt that we will dominate for long periods while fully engulfed in self-belief and optimism,” he explained.

“We have been excellent while moving forward from the very beginning of the season, but now we are also very solid defensively, as reflected last week by a clean sheet against a very good opponent. Watching them transition throughout the game is like listening to a symphony orchestra without a single player missing beat.

“No doubt the boys will have added desire to win as their Co Captain, Matty Harold heads overseas for a well-deserved holiday. He has been an outstanding leader and role model, on and off the park, and will be sorely missed by all at the club.” In other team news for Forrestfield Ben Rogers returns from suspension, but Kaan Karacan will miss again due to injury.

Forrestfield have won their last six games, and are the form team of the league, and last week overcame a stubborn South West Phoenix 2-0 at home. Forry Defender Mark Barnett said they were a tough nut to crack but they got the job done in the end.

“They (Phoenix) put up a fair fight. They definitely had a few experienced players in their side that would be ready to pounce on any of our mistakes, but I feel the way we played as a unit and how we kept our structure, we were always going to be hard to break down on the day,” he said. “Defensively we were solid and consistent, offensively we were sharp and took our chances, so happy to continue our good form.”

A local lad, Barnett has been in stellar form for United, and he is looking forward to the local derby clash. “This week’s game is one I’m really looking forward too,” he said. “A huge derby, and our boys will be raring to go off the back of six straight wins. We have found fantastic form and we have really come together over the past few weeks, and we will be looking to continue it on Saturday.

Gosnells edged out Shamrock Rovers last week to win their first game in six weeks, and Jacob Aquino said they weren’t at their best but come home with the points. “To be honest it wasn’t our best game with the ball but we defended well,” he said. “It was good to get the points even though we didn’t play the best, as we have played a lot better this season in games and came away empty handed.”

Aquino said the game against Forrestfield is tough, especially with them in good form, but they need to make the most of their home ground advantage. “Forrestfield will be a tough challenge this week as they are the form team of the league at the moment,” he said. “It’s an important game not just because it’s a derby, but because we want to close the gap on the teams above us. We know we will have to be at our best but at home we will be looking for the three points.” Gosnells go in to the game with no team changes.”