Glory will continue their pre-season preparations on Thursday evening when they face the WA State Team at Cockburn’s Dalmatinac Park (kick off at 7pm).
Tony Popovic’s men produced an impressive attacking display in last week’s friendly against Inglewood United, running out 7-0 winners and the Head Coach is looking forward to seeing his charges further hone their style of play in the clash with the Jamie Harnwell-led State side.
“It’s another chance to work on our game, for the players to get a better understanding of how we want to play and for us as a coaching staff to get to know them better as individuals,” he said.
“We have a lot of new players in our squad and are employing a different style of football, so the more games we get, the better the understanding we can build up.
“It’s always a great surface down at Cockburn and I’m sure it’ll be a good hit-out for us, so hopefully plenty of our members and fans will come along to watch the game.”
Glory will head to the southern suburbs having already beaten the State Team this year, downing them 5-2 in monsoon conditions at Inglewood last month and Harnwell is confident that his side will give another decent account of themselves.
“We’re looking forward to giving Glory another good game,” he told FootballWest.com.au.
“The weather was wet and wild last month, so hopefully this week will be much better, which both teams will appreciate.”
Harnwell has been unable to select any players from NPL champions and Top Four Cup winners Perth SC due to their involvement in the NPL Series in Sydney next weekend, but it is still a strong-looking State squad which includes plenty of firepower in the form of NPL Golden Boot winner Chris Jackson of Armadale, plus Inglewood’s Alex Salmon and Forrestfield’s Hasani Sinclair who bagged 33 goals between them this year.
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