Match Preview: Uni travel South to take on Phoenix

 Lloyd Proud launches an attack in Round 8 - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

Lloyd Proud launches an attack in Round 8 - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

UWA will look to make it three wins on the bounce in Round 9 when they face South West Phoenix at WML Stadium.

Following convincing results against Rockingham City (3-0) and a Derby Day win over Western Knights last week (2-0), the boys are determined to keep the momentum rolling.

South West Phoenix have struggled in recent weeks, having lost 6-3 to Knights in Round 7 and succumbed 6-2 to runaway league leaders Gwelup Croatia last Saturday.

Despite the contrasting form, skipper Josh Marocchi is adamant the clash is set to be another typically gruelling one against the Bunbury-based side.

"The Bunbury game is just as important as last week's Derby," he said. "It's a long away trip and they always play well at home."

 Andrew Xydas on the ball against Knights - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

Andrew Xydas on the ball against Knights - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

"We can't afford to take our foot off the pedal, it's vital we go to Bunbury to win, play our game and go as hard as possible the full 90. If we want to achieve our goals we must achieve a positive result on Saturday."

"Phoenix don't allow you time to settle, they look to attack early and get on the front foot. We conceded early last year and we can't allow that to happen tomorrow. We have to build on last week's huge win for the club by putting in another strong performance."

The evenness of the competition in the opening two months is perfectly characterised by the league ladder, with UWA just three points off third spot, but also one loss away from the relegation zone.

The side currently sit in 8th spot, just three points ahead of Phoenix in 9th, with this weekend's encounter another massive six-pointer for the boys in green.

In team news, young defender Sam Guthridge returns to the side following an ankle injury, while Tristan Taylor (knee), Sam Carrello (leg), Brandon Naude (calf) and Patrick Morrison (ankle) are all sidelined.

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