NPL WA: Bayswater City faces challenge to hold top 4 spot

David Stokoe from Bayswater City Soccer Club, is in the WA team for the Tri-Series competition. Picture:  Sabata Creatives
David Stokoe from Bayswater City Soccer Club, is in the WA team for the Tri-Series competition. Picture: Sabata Creatives

FOURTH-placed Bayswater City is ready to tackle third-placed Floreat in a crucial top-four clash on Sunday.

With both teams sitting equal on 35 points with two games remaining in the home and away season, Bayswater coach Chris Coyne said it was vital for his team to notch a win.

“It is extremely tight with Sorrento also potentially going to 35 points with their catch up game,” he said.

“So we need to ensure that we win at all costs and we will not throw caution to the wind but continue to play attacking football and just try to take our chances.”

Coyne said his players trained well for the tough game.

“We have concentrated on our finishing and defending in one-on-one situations as we were lacking in that capacity against all opponents in the second half of the season,” he said.

“All players are fit and fresh and ready to be selected for the game that will have a big impact on the final places in the top four.

“Floreat have a very strong starting 11 and some good experience…they play a decent brand of football so it should be an open and attacking game.”

Coyne, who coached the WA state team against Perth Glory in the Heritage Cup last night, said the extra fixture did not affect Bayswater’s preparation.

“The problem has only been the timing of the game for all clubs…it is a tough run in for everyone and all coaches were concerned about preserving the star players for the final few games,” he said.

“In saying that the selected players have been excellent in training and we are excited about the opportunity to play against the best team in the state.”

Bayswater City plays Floreat Athena away at E&D Litis Stadium on Sunday August 21.