EAST Armidale FC will face Joeys FC tomorrow at Doody Park and with only one point separating the two teams on the ladder, speaking before tomorrow’s game Easts coach Daniel Preston said his side needs to win.
“We have slipped to fourth on the ladder and with only a few games left in the season, we need to edge out Joeys to make the top four,” he said.
The last time the two sides met earlier this season, Easts suffered a disappointing 1-nil loss.
“When we last played Joeys we played some great football, in fact I think it was some of the best football we have played all season,” Preston said.
“Unfortunately our good form did not convert to goals and this left the boys really disheartened.”Easts will head in to tomorrow’s game after a bye and Preston said it was exactly what the team needed.
“We have had a few injuries and the colder weather hasn’t made it easy for the team to consistently come together,” he said.
“So to have a break towards the end of the season has meant that we all had a chance to fire up for the remaining matches.”
Preston said that Easts’ full first-grade side will take to Doody Park and the home ground advantage will certainly help.
“The last few weeks we have been unable to field a full side and this week we will have all the boys back on deck,” he said.
“The fact that we are playing this game in front of a home ground when we are trying to secure a top four finish, I think that will help us get more goals on the scoreboard.
In other northern conference Premier League games, Demon Knights will battle it out in Guyra; North Armidale will face Glen Innes at Phil Wheaton Oval and South Armidale United have a bye.