Perth Glory FC travels to Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday, to take on former Glory legend Jamie Harnwell’s Sorrento side, in week 10 of the PS4 National Premier League.
Injuries have hit the Glory youngsters hard in the opening nine rounds, but at the same time it's given opportunities to other players to step up, and one of them is Nikola Talimdzioski.
The 18-year-old, has fitted in well and believes the team is getting stronger as a group; And he's delighted to have been able to get on the score sheet in recent weeks as well.
“I think personally throughout the time we have all spent together we've gelled and bonded pretty well which reflects on our performance so far this season,” Talimdzioski said.
“It's always a good feeling to get a goal or two; it's rewarding for the team after all the hard work we put in.”
Talimdzioski said the side has been matching it against the othe teams in the competition this season, but knows they will face a tough test against a physical side on Saturday.
“We can't take Sorrento lightly, we need to maintain our standards which will hopefully bring in another great performance from the boys as it has so far this season,” he said.
“We have worked hard on all aspects of our game and the coaches have installed a mentality, and we all know it’s important to have a sense of discipline and maturity within the team which allows us to drive forward to compete at a mature and physical level.”
Assistants Jacob Burns and Steven McGarry will be in charge this week, with head coach John Gibson away.
“Nothing really changes for us, week to week we follow our process, and we are playing a real good brand of football,” Burns said.
“We are aware of their strengths, but we will worry about ourselves, the development of our players, and they have worked hard this week".
Sorrento Coach Jamie Harnwell, who spent 13 years playing for Glory in the NSL and A-League eras, said he's been impressed with the Glory youngsters this season.
“The Glory has developed well over the past couple of years, and it helps that some of the players have been involved in senior football for a couple of years now,” he said.
“Gibbo has got them playing some good football, and they have got a more resilient streak to them now.”
In team news Tom King returns to the Glory squad after injury, but Calvin Whitney will miss the trip due to suspension.
Kick-off is at 3pm.
Glory's U-18s and U-20s kick off at 11am and 1pm respectively also at Percy Doyle Reserve.