AFTER losses last Saturday, Sorrento and ECU Joondalup face a recovery round this weekend, but the Jacks need a victory far more than the Gulls.
ECU has lost its past four games, three of those by big margins.
Balcatta thrashed the Jacks 6-2 last weekend, after Floreat-Athena defeated them 4-1.
Prior to the Floreat clash, they lost to Stirling Lions 3-0.
At ECU Joondalup Football Stadium on Saturday, the side fell to a 3-1 deficit to Balcatta at half-time.
Feisal Zaw increased the visitors’ lead to 4-1 at the 50-minute mark before ECU’s Steven McGarry scored his second goal to give the hosts a sliver of hope.
But goals to Balcatta’s Anthony Bafobusha and Cameron Teece, within five minutes of each other, put an end to any optimism the Jacks may have had.
Despite the loss, ECU Joondalup did not fall from ninth position and has a strong opportunity for victory against 10th-placed Perth Glory at Ashfield Arena on Saturday.
Sorrento was not so fortunate, its 4-2 loss to league leaders Inglewood United dropping it from second to fifth.
The Gulls conceded an own goal after just five minutes and were 3-0 down by the 57-minute mark before scoring two late goals.
Inglewood scored its fourth in the 87th minute.
Sorrento faces Stirling on Saturday.