Ipswich Knights coach Mark Dykman.
Ipswich Knights coach Mark Dykman. Claudia Baxter

Knights positive despite wet

AS the rain fell on match eve, Ipswich Knights coach Mark Dykman was glad he achieved something through the week.

Even if today's game again falls victim to the wet, he was heartened by having three training sessions since Monday.

"I could train every night of the week. I love it," Dykman said.

However, with last weekend's washout, ongoing wet weather issues and a number of injured players, Dykman is remaining upbeat.

"I have a good 14-man squad that I've got to sit down with a nice glass of wine and put the pieces together," he said.

"Every time we had an extra night, we did really good."

The Knights are scheduled to face Peninsula Power in today's Brisbane Premier League game at AJ Kelly Park.

Regular Knights strikers Mitch Davis and Luke Timberlake are still recovering from injury.

Skilful defender Jonas Rasmussen also needs more time to regain peak fitness.

However, having former Knights midfielder Matt Christensen cleared to play has bolstered the BPL side's stocks.

He returns days after the Knights signed former Western Spirit players Matt Taylor and Dan Liddy.

Dykman was also relieved to see the Knights rock solid defender Alistair Wallis recover from a head knock against Logan.

"Ali's good. He trained like a house on fire," Dykman said.

"This week he was back to his normal self."

Adam O'Sullivan did extra training on Thursday night after a hamstring scare.

With Rasmussen recovering, Wallis will reunite with Mathias Waldmann and regular defenders Alex Anderson and Matt Flick.

Despite some team reshuffling, Dykman likes the balance of his side.

"I think that we can give them a show," he said, having only lost 2-0 to Peninsula in the first round.

"Everyone is writing us completely off. Football Brisbane don't give us a chance but I like that."

The Knights coach said getting three sessions in before yesterday's rain was what his seventh-placed team thrives on.

"It's a nice position to be in now we have 11 games to go," he said.

Dykman rates the next five matches winnable as the Knights look to climb the ladder after matching all the top teams this season.

Meanwhile, the Ipswich City Bulls are keen to get their Capital League 2 season back on track in tonight's home game against Oxley United.

After a couple of disappointing performances and last week's washout, the ninth-placed Bulls have a chance to rebuild against 12th placed Oxley in tonight's main game at 6pm.

"We're starting our season again," coach Nev O'Sullivan said.

"It's a game I expect to get three points."

O'Sullivan is eager to settle his team's defence after generating enough attack to match the top sides.

"We're letting in way too many goals," he said.

"At the moment, it's too much in the front of their mind. I've just got to make them realise what they can do."

Cellar-dwellars Western Spirit travel to Wakerley Park to tackle Souths United in tonight's Capital League 1 clash.

That is unless the frustrating weather has the final say.

Game Day

National Premier League - Tomorrow (2pm): Western Pride (9th) v Sunshine Coast (6th) at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Brisbane Premier League: Today (5pm) - Ipswich Knights (7th) v Peninsula Power (3rd) at AJ Kelly Park. Reserves at 3.45pm.

Capital League 1: Tonight (7pm) - Western Spirit (12th) v Souths United (8th) at Wakerley Park. Reserves at 5pm.

Capital League 2: Tonight (6pm) - Ipswich City (9th) v Oxley United (12th) at Sutton Park. Reserves at 4pm.



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