Match Preview: UWA look to complete league double over Ashfield

ALEX KRETOWICZ NETTED A BRACE BACK IN ROUND 4 - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

ALEX KRETOWICZ NETTED A BRACE BACK IN ROUND 4 - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

It's another big match for the boys in green this Saturday as they take on rivals Ashfield in Round 15 at The Mac.

It's been a big month for Uni, with the first team enjoying two wins, a draw against second-placed Forrestfield away from home and the solitary loss to third-placed Dianella in a rescheduled fixture last weekend.

A win at home this week would see UWA climb above their opponents and potentially Rockingham City into 5th place depending on the latter's result against lowly Joondalup City.

The last time the two sides met was back in Round 4 at Ashfield Arena, where a Kretowicz brace secured Uni's first win of the season in a comfortable 3-1 win.

The prolific striker made his long-awaited return from a shoulder injury as he netted in last week's 4-2 loss against Dianella.

"He was always around at training and finally back in the sessions, carefully increasing his involvement to 100% last week," head coach Michael Janssen said.

"He needs his full match fitness back, but this won't take him much longer after he worked hard this week again,

"His personal comeback was good with his goal last Saturday, but he would've much preferred to get the win, which I hope we can achieve against Ashfield on Saturday as the next step," he added.

Janssen is expecting an inspired response from his side after the away loss last Saturday.

TIM ROBERTSON RETURNS THIS WEEK - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA 

TIM ROBERTSON RETURNS THIS WEEK - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA 

"I expect us to show a positive reaction on Saturday to make our next step," the coach said.

"Ashfield is a tough side and they want to get a positive away record this weekend,

"We need to perform our football to the highest possible level and use our strength all over the park because if we do not show up from the beginning it can become a difficult game."

The German is well aware of the significance this weekend's result will have on the ladder but insists it's not the main focus for his side.

"The ladder situation should give us an extra motivation, but we need to be careful not to think too much about hypotheticals rather than going out and executing our match plan to get the result we need," he explained.

"We need to enjoy our football to develop bigger things and to reach our aims," he added.

In team news, the first team are boosted by the return of influential figures Tim Robertson, Andrew Xydas, Tristan Taylor and last, but certainly not least, Max Welton.

Meanwhile, Harry Hosking, Lloyd Prout and skipper Josh Marocchi are on the injured list, with Luke Randazzo still overseas.

MATCH DETAILS:

Saturday, 29th July 2017
Round 15
UWA v Ashfield

McGilivray Oval

First Team @ 3PM
Reserves @ 1PM
18's @ 11AM

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