Match Preview: UWA return to the Mac to face Ashfield

 Credit: Gabriele Maluga

Credit: Gabriele Maluga

The boys in green will attempt to make it four wins in a row this Saturday when they host Ashfield in Round 10 of the Football West State League.

Following wins on the road against Mandurah and South West Phoenix, with a Derby win over Knights in-between, UWA have climbed back into the chasing pack in an extremely tight division.

This weekend's fixture presents a new challenge in the shape of Ashfield, who have started the season strongly.

The two sides met in the Night Series group stages, with uni squandering a number of chances to settle for a 1-1 draw back in early March.

UWA 'keeper Alex Preece has played a critical role in the teams return to winning ways, with his communication and confidence from set-pieces making him a real standout in recent weeks with three consecutive clean sheets. Despite his exploits, the custodian was quick to point out the importance of the attitude of the squad over the last few games.

"I think the most integral factor in turning things around has been the team spirit," he said. "All the boys are happy to stand up for each other and it's been really noticeable out there.

 Sam Guthridge was superb at right-back in the win over his former side - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

Sam Guthridge was superb at right-back in the win over his former side - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

"I'm extremely pleased with our recent form. It has all seemed to click together over the last month and you can see and feel the confidence in the boys at training, as well as game day, which is great."

Preece, while full of praise, stressed the importance of continuing this run and expects a difficult match-up against Ashfield.

"I think it's going to be a really tough game. They have some talented playmakers and are always up for a big contest.

"We just need to keep working on our formation and talk across the park. If we can keep that going we will definitely be hard to beat."

The Round 10 fixture down at The Mac is Ladies Day! That means free food and $5 drinks for all female supporters, players, volunteers and family members.

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