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Subiaco relishing Bayswater challenge
Subiaco relishing Bayswater challenge

Subiaco players were always confident they would turn around results and justify their place in the National Premier Leagues WA, according to defender Rowdy Yates.

After a difficult start to life in the top-flight that left them in last place after a dozen games, Subiaco are unbeaten in their past five outings and have climbed to 10th place in the 12-team competition.


“After our slow start to the season we are starting to get the results we knew we could get,” he said.

“All the boys have worked hard week in, week out and we’ve stuck to the game plan (coach) Gerry (McEwan) has set us and it’s starting to pay off for us.

“We had a number of doubters who thought we didn’t deserve to be in this league but internally we knew we should be and we’re now showing them they were wrong.”

Yates indicated Subiaco had no reason to fear taking on league leaders Bayswater City, who won the Cool Ridge Cup final last weekend, at the WA Athletics Stadium tomorrow.

“We’re looking forward to playing Bayswater and hope to extend our good run of form,” he said.

“They are the best team in the State and have quality players all over the park, so it will be a huge test for us to see how much we’ve improved as a team. We will take confidence into the game from our recent results and hopefully get the points.”

In the last round, Subiaco travelled to third-place Sorrento and came away with a morale-boosting victory.

“It was a massive three points for us against Sorrento,” he said. “We knew not many teams take points away from Percy Doyle Reserve, so to get the three we were buzzing.

“I thought we were the better team in the first half and took our chances well. They definitely responded in the second half but we defended well as a team and managed to nick it in the last few minutes. Maybe we were a little lucky in the end.”

Subiaco will be at full strength for tomorrow’s game, while Bayswater City will be without the suspended Todd Howarth, injured Trent Kay and David Heagney, who is overseas.

NPL WA Fixtures (all Saturday, 3pm)

Perth Glory v Floreat Athena (Intiga Stadium); Cockburn City v Sorrento (Dalmatinac Park); Subiaco v Bayswater City (WA Athletics Stadium); Stirling Lions v Balcatta (Macedonia Park); Perth v Armadale (Dorrien Gardens); ECU Joondalup v Inglewood United (ECU Football Arena)

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