NPL WA Match Preview: Glory all set for crunch clash as Top Four race hots up

NPL 2021 - Rockingham City v Glory - Aiden Coyne celebrates

The PGFC Academy First Team will be out to take a major step towards sealing a top-four NPL WA finish when they host Rockingham City at Crazy Domains Stadium at Hartfield Park on Saturday (kick-off at 5pm, admission FREE for Glory Members).

Ruben Zadkovich’s side currently occupy fourth spot with three games remaining, just ahead of Inglewood United who took advantage of Glory’s slip-up at Sorrento last weekend to close the gap to a single point.

Saturday’s opponents Rockingham, meanwhile, will head to Forrestfield desperate for points as they bid to avoid the drop.

The corresponding fixture in Round 9 saw Glory run out 3-2 winners, but only after finding themselves 2-0 down within the opening 11 minutes and striker Ciaran Bramwell is adamant that there is no danger of City being taken lightly.

“It doesn’t matter who we’re playing; every week it’s going to be a tough game,” he said.

“They gave us a very big test down there and we showed good character to come back and get the three points.

“They’re fighting to stay in the league, so they’ve got a lot to play for and will be raring to go.

“We’re going to have to be at our best to beat them this weekend.”

Last week’s 1-0 loss to Sorrento was just Glory’s second in their last 12 outings and Bramwell revealed that Zadkovich’s post-match message was to keep the result firmly in perspective.

“Ruben was keen for us not to be too hard on ourselves,” he said.

“It was one moment that probably cost us a point or three points, but we stuck to our principles and still tried to play, even though the surface probably wasn’t the best.

“So we’ve got to take the positives out of the game and bring them into this week’s game against Rockingham.”

Saturday’s action gets underway at 1pm when the Under-18s will also be out to consolidate their place in the top four, while at 3pm, the table-topping Under-20s could take a huge step towards the title if they manage to secure what would be a seventh successive win.

Do get along and lend the lads your support if you can!

(picture courtesy of Tom McCarthy)