Soccer: ladder-leaders Bayswater City ready to face Cockburn in top-four clash

Bayswater City player Brent Griffiths. Photo: Jonny Warrington Photography
Bayswater City player Brent Griffiths. Photo: Jonny Warrington Photography

LADDER-leaders Bayswater City players are aiming to lift their intensity for tomorrow’s top-four clash against Cockburn City.

Bayswater are coming off a 1-0 loss to Inglewood United, while third-placed Cockburn also enter the round 18 after a loss – 4-2 to ECU Joondalup.

Bayswater coach Chris Coyne said his players have worked hard this week on correcting the issues they had last week.

“We didn’t move the ball quickly enough and allowed Inglewood to get set up and make it hard for us to play,” he said.

“We know that we didn’t play with anywhere near enough intensity and the players have had made sure they took that on board.”

Coyne said star midfielder Todd Howarth would return to tomorrow’s side, while defender Brent Griffiths came out of the side with a one-game suspension.

Sitting just one point clear of the second-placed Perth Glory, Coyne said the team was just taking one week and one game at a time.

“We know that to win the league is a very tough ask and we cannot look to far ahead,” he said.

“It would be too disrespectful of the teams around us to do that.”

Coyne said Cockburn were a very good team under coach Scott Miller and would be a difficult opponent.

“They are playing some great football and are a threat from all over the pitch in terms of goals,” he said.

The two sides will play at Frank Drago Reserve tomorrow.