NPL WA: Bayswater City ‘optimistic’ of returning to winning ways against Balcatta


Bayswater City’s Gustavo Giron Marulanda and Paul McCarthy tackling a Floreat player last week. Picture: Sabata Creatives
Bayswater City’s Gustavo Giron Marulanda and Paul McCarthy tackling a Floreat player last week. Picture: Sabata Creatives

BAYSWATER City coach Chris Coyne said his side would take an “optimistic” approach ahead of this weekend’s clash against sixth-placed Balcatta FC.

City sits one place behind Balcatta on the National Premier Leagues WA ladder.

Coyne said his team were disappointed with dropping two points in last weekend’s draw with Floreat Athena.

“We are optimistic as we are creating chances and we will thump somebody shortly with the amount of chances we are creating,” he said.

“But (the players) have worked hard and have recognised what needs to be done.”

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Coyne said the team had recovered well so far.

“With it being a shorter turnaround this week (training) has been quite light and we have been able to concentrate on the technical side of the game rather than getting them fitter,” he said.

“(There are) no fresh concerns and we will be able to welcome back Jack Allen, Brent Griffiths and Luka Ninkovic this week to bolster the squad.”

Coyne said Balcatta FC would want to bounce back from last weekend’s heavy loss to Subiaco.

“They have two very experienced coaches who will set out to defend deep and try to counter attack us to pinch a goal,” he said.

He said City needed capitalise on their dominance in possession, make better decisions in the attacking third, defensive work and when to slow the game down.

“We need to start taking chances and winning games, the season is still young and we have plenty of points to play for so we will not panic,” he said.

“We will continue to play the game properly and we will start to climb up where we belong.”