Match Preview: Uni look to continue recent form in Ashfield

 TRISTAN TAYLOR ON THE RUN IN ROUND 20 - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

TRISTAN TAYLOR ON THE RUN IN ROUND 20 - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

With back to back wins consisting of 14 goals and a solitary strike conceded, UWA head into their penultimate match of the season against Ashfield in fine fettle.

A 5-1 derby win over Knights in Round 19 was followed by a resounding 9-0 drubbing of travellers South West Phoenix last weekend and the squad is desperate to run out the season in a positive fashion.

This week's opponents will provide another stern test for Michael Janssen's side, with Ashfield having deservedly taken all three points from The Mac earlier in the season.

Despite losing their past three matches, Ashfield are most certainly a side to be taken seriously following their fantastic performance against UWA in the first round of fixtures. They currently sit just one point behind the boys in green as Saturday shapes up to be a massive six-pointer.

Full-back Tristan Taylor, whose return to the side has served as a massive boost, is wary of Ashfield's threat, but is determined to make it four losses on the trot for the hosts.

 'KEEPER ALEX PREECE COLLECTS THE BALL AGAINST SOUTH WEST PHOENIX - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

'KEEPER ALEX PREECE COLLECTS THE BALL AGAINST SOUTH WEST PHOENIX - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

"Ashfield have really come out trying to play a nice brand of football this year, it's a bit different to the physical side we've seen in previous years, so it'll be an interesting clash and potentially a free flowing game," he said.

"We didn't turn up last time we played them, so I think it's a chance to make amends and hopefully extend this bad streak they're currently in the midst of."

The defender, who provided a superb assist for Bryce Conway's second goal against South West Phoenix last week, believes confidence in the playing philosophy has been the key to the club's recent run of positive results.

"I think we've started trusting our brand of football again. We've got a talented group of players who like to play, but at times we can lose our way and resort to a brand that isn't best suited to us.

"A few key players returning over the last few weeks has helped us get back to our brand of football and implement that in a free scoring manner.

"It's vital we continue this form and get another two wins to end the season positively, that all starts tomorrow afternoon at Ashfield."

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