Knights Reserves set to step up in vital club role

IF the Ipswich Knights top side falters, the club's Reserve graders often come to the rescue.

That was the case again yesterday at Bundamba when the Knights Reggies beat Albany Creek 3-0.

Although the club's Brisbane Premier League Reserve grade had been hot and cold in recent weeks, it stepped up when needed after the Knights under 18s also won 2-1.

Those points were vital in the club championship with the Knights top side losing 2-0.

Reserve grade coach Chris Brown even strapped on the boots for the first time in a few years, keen to help his team contribute to the club's cause to stay in the BPL.

"It was very handy. We needed the points,'' Brown said.

"We got the job done.''

Brown played up front for the last 10 minutes after being held back by injury in recent seasons.

He handed over the coaching role to Nick Parfitt for the match.

Brown was encouraged to see added depth in the side with players like goal scorer Dane Grant and Matt Taylor impressing.

The Knights top side were unable to penetrate the Albany Creek defence with the visitors scoring a goal in each half.

However, Brown was hopeful the Reserve graders would share the workload in accumulating points.

"This time last year, we clicked,'' he said.

"We went on a trot.

"Today we hit that period so the next few games, we'll go on.

"It's time to step up.

"We did it last year in a worse position. It's just attitude. Making sure we are committed and getting the job done.''

A hat-trick from Jheison Macauce guided Brisbane Strikers to a 3-0 win over Western Pride at Briggs Road Complex on Saturday night.

Macauce's haul lifts him to the top of the NPL Queensland Golden Boot tally with 12 goals this season.

The win kept Strikers in the top two with Pride dropping to eighth - their lowest position this year.

Pride coach Karl Dodd said his side "couldn't buy a goal".

"The second half was good but unfortunately we couldn't hit the net but the goals we conceded, I think we should've done better," he said.

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