NPL: Bayswater faces tough run of fixtures starting with Stirling Lions this weekend


Bayswater playing Stirling in March. Picture:Kate Jackson
Bayswater playing Stirling in March. Picture:Kate Jackson

REIGNING champions Bayswater City is looking to keep a hold on top position ahead of a three-week block against tough opposition.

Coach Chris Coyne said the team would try to continue their form.

“It is always were we want to be as a club as it sends a clear message that we mean business and if people want to knock us off that perch that they will be in for a fight,” Coyne said.

Coyne said preparation for the next few games had been promising.

“The boys have been excellent this week and the boys have the bit between their teeth, they have been in this position before and we enter a massive three weeks for the club with Stirling, Cockburn and Inglewood that could be very important in the final standings,” Coyne said.

He said fourth-placed Stirling was a well-organised side and historically provided a challenge.

“They are a very exciting team with plenty of goals so we know it will be tough,” he said.

Defender Nathan Costello might be a potential omission after he suffered from a knock against Perth Glory but Coyne remained hopeful he would recover.

Meanwhile, Stirling coach Rob Milevski said his team hoped to beat Bayswater after two defeats to them this year.

“I expect a tough game, Bayswater is a quality team and they have been the benchmark of the NPL for a number of years now,” Milevski said.

“We are probably going in as underdogs and we will be going over there with a game plan and hopefully cause an upset.”

Bayswater City faces the Stirling Lions on Saturday, June 18 at Frank Drago Reserve.