Match Preview: UWA head to the South West

MAX WELTON SKIPS AWAY FROM A DEFENDER IN THE 5-1 WIN - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

MAX WELTON SKIPS AWAY FROM A DEFENDER IN THE 5-1 WIN - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

The uni boys will be making the annual trip down to Bunbury this weekend as they take on South West Phoenix in Round 19.

Michael Janssen's men will be keen to put last weekend's derby defeat behind them by inflicting another league defeat on the fourth-placed side.

Phoenix were recently named as one of the potential NPL promotion sides following the Football West audit and will be looking to avenge the early season battering at The Mac.

Last time the two sides met it was a masterclass from the uni side, with Alex Kretowicz (x2), Tom Moroney, Tim Robertson and Patrick Morrison all on the scoresheet in arguably our best performance of the season.

Janssen is expecting a much tighter contest this Saturday at WML Stadium, with Phoenix having gone strength to strength this season and fresh off a bye following a 6-2 trouncing of 5th placed Ashfield in Round 17.

The head coach has also labeled the remaining fixtures as a set of "four finals" for the squad who are looking to improve on their club record 32 points last season.

RORY DEVLIN IS BACK AFTER SERVING A ONE WEEK SUSPENSION - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

RORY DEVLIN IS BACK AFTER SERVING A ONE WEEK SUSPENSION - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

"Last year's tally is the mark to beat for us this season, so we're determined to make it 36 points from 20 matches," he explained.

"It is one of the next steps we wanted to make as a target before we started the 2017 season. We are at full strength and the team is fired up for the game in Bunbury," Janssen added.

The German hasn't given up on top four hopes either.

"A top four spot is still possible for us, but first we have to go past Phoenix then Ashfield and if we manage 12 points the result will be shown on the ladder."

"We have our last game at home and want to set another historical benchmark for the club," he said.

In team news, Scottish full-back Robbie Black is away, as Max Welton and Rory Devlin return to the squad after missing last weekend's loss.

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