BAYSWATER City Soccer Club coach Chris Coyne’s hopes for a third consecutive premiership are still alive after their one-goal victory against ECU Joondalup on May 21.
Following the win, City jumped into third place on the NPL WA ladder.
Coyne said his side had recovered from a slow start to the season, where the club won four-straight wins after two consecutive losses in April.
“It was patchy early on due to the transition of new faces into the squad and also the effect that injuries we had early on in the season,” Coyne said.
“We have got better each week and have started to play some very good football. We started slow this year but we will bring in some fresh faces in two weeks and we are going to push really hard to win the NPLWA for a third consecutive year.”
The former Socceroo said the premiership was never far from the team’s mind.
“We are very short sighted in our approach as a club,” he said.
“Yes we want to win the league, but we are mindful that there are some very strong opponents and we need to take each game as it comes.”
Coyne said there were not any injury concerns from the match.
“We missed Devon Gibson and Andy Reale last week in our victory against ECU Joondalup but they will both be available this week,” Coyne said.
He said City’s preparation for their home game against Floreat this Saturday had been “very good”.
“We have a healthy rivalry with Floreat and the boys are aware that it is a big game,” he said.
“We can effectively take them out of title contention with a win so the players have been up and about all week.”