NPL WA: Bayswater City hopes to spring back against Armadale

Bayswater City’s Lawrence Shurama.
Bayswater City’s Lawrence Shurama.

A “DESPERATE” Bayswater City side is ready to tackle last-placed Armadale on Saturday.

Armadale has only recorded two wins so far this season, against Balcatta and last season’s runners-up Stirling.

Bayswater conceded a 3-1 lead against Sorrento last weekend to draw 3-3 and coach Chris Coyne said City’s preparation for the crucial away match had been “excellent”.

“The players have freshened up and are desperate for the game on Saturday,” he said.

“Some of the football they played last week in very testing conditions was superb, if we keep that form up we will be a massive chance to win the league for a fourth successive year.”

Coyne said leaking easy goals was something the team needed to address.

“We need to stop giving away sloppy goals, the last four games have seen us concede nine goals and only the one goal against Cockburn was a great goal,” he said.

“The rest have been ‘gimmees’ that the opposition have not had to work with.”

Coyne said he expected a tough game against Armadale.

“Armadale are a very good attacking side and have caused us problems in the two games we have already played against them,” he said.

“There will also be the added spice with Alex Salmon playing against his former teammates on the back of a hat trick against Sorrento last Saturday.”

He said there were no injury concerns but some players who missed the draw with Sorrento would likely return.

After recording a run of two losses and two draws, he said the goal was still to be champions at seasons’ end.

“We are making it hard for ourselves this year but we have a good run home and if we get 15 points out of the 18 available we will be in a very good position,” he said.

Bayswater City plays Armadale at Alfred Skeet Reserve A on Saturday.