PGFC Academy Match Preview - Scott expecting Bayswater battle

Glory will feature in the NPL WA game of the round on Sunday when they face league leaders Bayswater City at Ashfield Arena (kick off at 3pm).

John Gibson's men are currently just two points behind City in third spot having lost only one of their opening six games and enjoyed victories over Perth SC, Joondalup United, Forrestfield United and most recently, Floreat Athena.

And according to defender Walter Scott, they are quietly confident of adding Chris Coyne's City side to that list.

"We're very happy with the first six rounds," he said. "We've been working really hard in training and it's been good to see that hard work being reflected in the performances and results so far.

"Bayswater will be a big test because they are a very strong team. They're strong physically and really good up front, so we'll have to be on high alert at the back and make sure we don't make any mistakes in the back third. But if we can do that, there's no reason why we can't pick up another win."

Scott went on to concede that Glory will need to start a little better than they have in recent weeks if they are to down one of the competition's powerhouse teams.

"In the first ten minutes or so of some of the games we've been playing without thinking and that's something we need to eliminate," he said. "It was like that last weekend when we conceded early and as a defender I strive for clean sheets, so that was disappointing. Once we get into our groove and get on the ball, the confidence comes through, but we can't afford to start like that against Bayswater."

At a personal level, Scott has been reasonably satisfied with his own form and has also relished the opportunity to showcase his positional versatility 

"The way we play allows me as a full-back to play nice and high and that's something I've been doing a lot this season. I was delighted to score against Forrestfield the other week! I'm left-footed but am comfortable playing left or right-back and have enjoyed the challenge of playing on the right at times this season."

In addition to Glory's clash with Bayswater, Cockburn City entertain Perth SC on Saturday, meaning that the top four sides all meet in what promises to be an intriguing weekend of NPL WA action.

If you can't get along to Ashfield on Sunday, make sure you watch our live broadcast of the game on the Glory Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PerthGloryFC/.

And don't forget that our Under-18s and Under-20s are also in action, starting at 11am and 1pm respectively.

The very best of luck to all of our teams and thanks to our major Academy sponsors, Silverstone Recruitment.

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