Perth Glory returns home on Saturday, when they host PS4NPLWA leaders Bayswater City at the Ashfield Arena.
Glory youngsters will be buoyed by last week’s 1-0 win against Stirling Lions, a game Coach John Gibson said was a good team performance.
“Last week we produced a strong performance against a good Stirling side, thanks to skipper Joe Knowles’ penalty,” he said.
“All round it was a fairly consistent performance; we defended magnificently and created numerous chances and on the whole deserved the win.”
Glory lost to Bayswater in the season opener, a game where they were leading for most of the game. Gibson said the players are looking forward to taking on the Champions and league leaders.
“Saturday will be another enjoyable challenge for the group, but one we are relishing,” he explained.
“They (Bayswater) have been the benchmark of the league for a long-time, so again it’s going to be another tough challenge, but something we look forward too.”
Striker Nikola Talimdzioski has been in fine form this season, bagging two goals in his seven appearances. Talimdzioski said Saturday’s win against Stirling has given the player group a great deal of confidence, especially after the heavy defeat against Balcatta in their last home game.
“The loss against Balcatta was really tough to take in, but we prepared mentally for the game against Stirling and in the end it fell our way, and it was good to get back in the winner’s circle,” he explained.
“The boys that travelled to Malaysia played a massive role in our win, but one person I'd single out would be Jack Iredale. He made his first appearance for us after his 3rd knee reconstruction, he's finally back and anxious to play and we’re pleased to have him.”
Talimdzioski said they go into Saturday’s game against the best team in the league full of confidence, and they know they pushed them close in the opening game of the season.
“Bayswater are always going to be a tough side to break down we've gained some momentum from the Stirling game,” he said.
“But considering the reverse fixture against Bayswater, when we were just edged out, we'll definitely be looking to push for the three points this weekend.”
Glory kick off against the league leaders at 3pm this Saturday at Ashfield Arena.