THE Ipswich Knights have two weeks to address their home ground hoodoo after failing to find the net in yesterday's Brisbane Premier League match.

The 4-0 loss to Mitchelton continued a disappointing run of recent performances at the Knights home base at Bundamba.

However, of more immediate concern is the BPL club's senior goalkeeping stocks.

Number one keeper Zayne Freiberg was yesterday helped from the field in the first half with a rolled ankle after suffering ongoing back soreness.

The club's second goalie Matt Baker had filled in well in recent games before injuring his hand.

That left Knights under-18 custodian Will Duncan to make his top grade debut against the team running second in the BPL.

Although the young player did all he could, it was clear BPL was a major jump up from the junior ranks.

"It makes it hard for a young kid to come into this team,'' Knights head coach Stewart Drinkeld said.

Drinkeld said the club's goalkeeping problems would be assessed through the week, along with the team's inability to score enough goals at Eric Evans Oval.

"It's the second week in a row we've had to use two goalkeepers,'' Drinkeld said.

Freiberg came on at halftime in the previous 0-0 draw with Capalaba after Baker was injured.

"We score lots of goals away from home,'' Drinkeld said.

"We score four at Logan. We score four at UQ.''

But at home is a different story.

Although the Knights lifted their attack in the second half yesterday, they were unable to pierce Mitchelton's stubborn defence in the blustery conditions.

Mitchelton were clearly the better side, keen to avenge a first-round loss to the Knights.

The Knights also lost regular midfielder Dan Liddy to injury, suffering a right ankle injury.

The Knights tackle Wolves away this weekend before their next home game against Taringa on July 26.

"We have to regroup,'' Drinkeld said. "We're always learning and trying to improve.''

While the top side considers its options, the Reserve grade and under-18 teams contributed vital club points over the weekend.

The Reserves beat Mitchelton 1-0 after the under-18s scored a handy 2-0 success over the same club.

 

State of Play

  • National Premier Leagues: Redlands United 6 (Graham Fyfe 3, Elliott Ronto 2, Lyndon Dykes) def Western Pride 1 (Lincoln Rule penalty).
  • Brisbane Premier League: Mitchelton 4 d Ipswich Knights 0. Reserves: Ipswich Knights 1 (Jarrod Norfolk) d Mitchelton 0.
  • Capital League 2: Ipswich City 4 (Mark Fancourt 3, Matt Hilli) d Pine Hills 3. Reserves: Ipswich City 4 (Matt Hilli 3, Richard Fancourt) d Pine Hills 2.


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