Gate wary of Bayswater backlash

Defender Steven McDonald is convinced Sorrento have hit their straps at the right time of the National Premier Leagues WA season with finals on the horizon.

McDonald, who has played a pivotal role in the Gulls’ push up the table, is keen for a win against his former club Armadale at Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday to secure a finals spot in the second last game of the regular season.

“We know that if we want to be crowned champions at the end of the year then we have to play every game from here on in as if it’s a cup final,” he said.

“We know that on our day we can beat anyone and it’s up to us to keep our winning run going. Hopefully we can go all the way and be crowned NPL champions.”

The 34-year-old former Motherwell defender is expecting last-placed Armadale to provide stiff resistance in the closing stages of the season.

“I had two very good years at Armadale and I always love going back there,” he said. “Armadale always seem to lift their game when they play us and they have been a bit of a bogey team for us of late.

“But knowing that a win will guarantee us to finish in the top four will be incentive enough to make sure we do everything we can to win the game.”

Sorrento welcomes back Jason Mirco and James Morgan to their squad but will still be without Sean Canham. Armadale will go into the game without the injured Alex Clark and Mitch Castrilli, while Ben Wantee will pushing for a starting role after coming off the bench and scoring last week.

National Premier Leagues WA fixtures:

Saturday: ECU Joondalup v Stirling Lions (ECU Football Stadium 3pm), Perth v Subiaco AFC (Dorrien Gardens 3pm), Bayswater City v Floreat Athena (Frank Drago Reserve 3pm), Balcatta v Perth Glory (Grindleford Reserve 3pm), Armadale v Sorrento (Alfred Skeet Oval 3pm)

Sunday: Inglewood United United v Cockburn City (Intiga Stadium 3pm)

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