Blues keen to back up and tame the top Dogs

Geraldton Guardian - - Football - Matthew Wood­ley

Rail­ways will face their sec­ond big test in as many weeks when they take on lad­der-lead­ing Towns at the Recre­ation Ground to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

The Blues over­came reign­ing premiers Bri­gades by six points in a thriller last Satur­day, but coach Ja­son Gra­ham knows his side will have to lift their rat­ing again if they want to get the win.

How­ever, de­spite the ap­par­ent dif­fi­culty of the task in front of them Gra­ham said his group was feel­ing qui­etly con­fi­dent head­ing into the match.

“It’s go­ing to be hard play­ing against the top team in the com­pe­ti­tion, but it’ll def­i­nitely be a good test to see where we’re at,” he said.

“We’re a level-headed sort of a group, we love work­ing hard and train­ing hard so we’re not over con­fi­dent but we’re keen to prove our­selves again.”

Gra­ham said his side would take in a sim­i­lar game plan to the one which got the job done last time out, but with a few tweaks to help counter the mul­ti­ple at­tack­ing threats the Bull­dogs have at their dis­posal.

“The big mes­sage is pres­sure all over the ground and sus­tain­ing it for longer than they do,” he said.

“Towns are the next level I be­lieve … (so) it’s about main­tain­ing four-quar­ter pres­sure and if they do score against us, which they will, not to drop our heads.

“We will ob­vi­ously try to de­fend our best, work on nul­li­fy­ing their key play­ers and try to play our style of foot­ball.”

Towns’ player-coach Chris Kane said his side had been fo­cus­ing on the de­fen­sive as­pects of their game at train­ing this week af­ter they fell away in the sec­ond half against bot­tom-placed Mullewa.

The Bull­dogs should be fresh af­ter a num­ber of their play­ers missed last week­end’s game against Mullewa and Kane said he was look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing back a raft of key play­ers, with Ryan Bowley and Ro­han Far­riss head­lin­ing the likely in­clu­sions.

Mean­while, the likely in­clu­sion of Ben Saun­ders should bol­ster the Blues.

Bounce­down is set for 2pm.

Pic­ture: Natasha Gil­martin

Towns' Stu­art Egan tack­les Rail­ways' Peter Kim­ber­ley dur­ing their clash ear­lier this year.

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