SUCH is the depth of the high-flying Ipswich Knights that experienced midfielder Wayne Adams is playing out of position.
However, the powerful player nicknamed “Noodles” is happy to be a makeshift striker while the team is winning.
Adams was one of Ipswich’s best in a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Rocklea United at Bundamba on Saturday night.
He set up the decisive first goal and provided strong ball delivery as the Knights completed their fourth win in a row.
With only three Division 1 games until the finals, the Knights have cemented a top-two spot.
“I think everyone has just got that confidence,” Adams said after the match played in chilly conditions.
“You start winning. That’s everything.”
Before suffering ankle and calf injuries, Adams was a consistent performer in his usual midfield role. But he’s returned the past few weeks to play up front.
The terrific form of young guns Matt Flick and Lincoln Rule made it difficult for Knights coach Billy Livingstone to change a winning structure.
“The fellas in the middle are doing a good job and the whole team is going good,” Adams said, happy with his holding role up front.
“I’m happy to stay where I am. But it would be nice if I got a few more goals.”
The Knights’ strong position has been enhanced by the Reserves side, who also sit comfortably in second spot after a stylish 9-1 victory over Rocklea United on Saturday.
“We don’t have a bad player in the squad right now,” Livingstone said, aware playmaker Peter Hinks is also to return from injury.
“The club is in a really good position.”
Reserve grade coach Ian Carson agreed. “We’ve got 32 players (contributing each week). That’s sensational,” Carson said.
The Knights top side had to work hard for victory with Rocklea’s man mountain Dennis Simic denying them a number of times.
After a series of attacking raids, the Knights finally found a way past Simic in the second half when Adams delivered a superb cross headed in by speedster Peter Drager.
Flick sealed victory late in the game when he struck the ball hard enough to escape Simic’s clutches.
“They (Rocklea) were ready for that. They played as if their season was on the line,” Livingstone said.
“They really gave it to us. We stood up, we gave it back plus some.”
Every Knights player had a terrific game, with defender Nick Parfitt joining Adams in the leading group.
Parfitt’s defensive efforts were brilliant in a team where Flick and Rule controlled the midfield and supplied plenty of good ball to reliable forwards Phil Brown, Trent Griffiths and Drager.
The Knights had a minute’s silence on Saturday night for former player Calvin Daunt.