New arrivals lift Knights hopes of top five finish
FORMER QAS goalkeeper Andres Pascoe and US scholarship holder Lachlan Bond played important roles for the Ipswich Knights last weekend.
Their arrival couldn't have come at a better time for the Brisbane Premier League club.
With a spate of injuries, the Knights toiled hard to beat North Star 2-1 on a heavy field in what could be a launch pad for the rest of the season.
Over the next three weeks, the Knights have games against teams in the bottom section of the BPL.
After tackling Brisbane Force in Sunday's catch-up game at Bundamba, the Knights face cellar-dwellers UQ and Albany Creek.
Technical football director Mitch Cattermole is confident the player-replenished Knights can challenge for a top five spot with wins over their lower placed opponents.
Cattermole said the addition of Pascoe and Bond added vital depth when needed mid year.
"Andres is a signing. He looks an excellent player," Cattermole said.
"Lachlan is here for six or seven weeks before he goes back to the States."
Pascoe replaced the out of form Luke Macdonald, who struggled in the Knights' recent 6-0 loss to Peninsula Power.
Bond, who has been overseas developing his football, played at fullback last Sunday.
He provided valuable cover last Sunday for injured defender Alastair Wallis.
Bond was the captain of the Ipswich Grammar 1st XI in 2011, before securing his scholarship.
At the Knights, he joins former IGS players Luke Timberlake and MacArthur twins James and Daniel.
Knights striker Mitch Davis also returned last weekend in a welcome boost for the side.
He is hoping attacking partner Timberlake can also play after an extended stint out injured.
Captain Igor Sao Jose returns from suspension on Sunday.
Cattermole is excited about the club's depth, which will be enhanced when regular players return.
"We've got some really good competition in every position basically," he said.