Reds coach keen to avoid City slip-ups

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Justin Fris

La Fi­amma have a golden op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress their re­cent form slump to­mor­row evening, when they travel to play bot­tom-placed (11th) Melville City.

Things are quite con­gested at the bot­tom of the Con­sol­i­dated En­ergy am­a­teur divi­sion-3 ta­ble, with only eight points sep­a­rat­ing fifth­placed Can­ning City (21 points) and 10th-placed For­rest­field (13 points).

The Reds have only taken five points from a pos­si­ble 15 over the past month — some­thing which has frus­trated coach Mark Gray no end.

Ahead of to­mor­row’s clash, Gray said the squad had worked ex­ten­sively on the train­ing ground this week to im­prove their con­vert­ing of gen­uine goal­mouth chances.

“Things went from bad to worse for us last week,” he said.

“We con­ceded in the first minute of the game but the lads didn’t give up at all.

“We would have had close to 70 per cent pos­ses­sion in the first half.

“But they had two chances for the whole half and both of them went in. Again, our fin­ish­ing in front of goal let us down. We prob­a­bly wouldn’t have been able to even fin­ish a full plate of din­ner on Satur­day night.”

Well aware of how bot­tom sides can of­ten spring a sur­prise late in the sea­son, Gray has made it clear on the how the side needs to view the game.

“The lads are still com­pet­ing and the mo­rale is still there,” Gray said.

“We have to get the three points — no ifs buts or maybes.”

Pic­ture: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

La Fi­amma’s Lach­lan Gray and Joe Mer­chant (Perth Hills United).

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