Pride receives boost after Ruling against Toowoomba rivals

WESTERN Pride midfielder Lincoln Rule is always happy to step up for his team when needed.

He did in Toowoomba on Saturday, potting two penalties that helped Pride beat bottom team South West 4-1.

While thrilled to have contributed some handy goals, Rule said most satisfying was how Pride responded to coach Kasey Wehrman's pre-game challenge for the team.

"There was a bit to prove last night even though Toowoomba were bottom,'' Rule said.

"We had to prove that we are still the better team.

"It was up to us to show it. That was the most pleasing aspect.''

Pride's National Premier League football victory over winless South West was their fourth of the season. It came after a recent win over Northern Fury and a tough battle with Brisbane City.

Rule said the latest win would help as Pride prepare to tackle competition leaders Palm Beach at the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon.

"We go in to it with a bit of confidence,'' said Rule who is in his second season with the NPL state league club.

"So you never know what can happen.

"We were all pretty happy with the win last night.''

Rule has only missed one game this year through suspension.

The midfield playmaker hopes the team can finish strongly like it did in its debut season.

"We were always in control of the game,'' Rule said after Pride's latest win.

"Even when we went 1-0 down, we were pretty confident that we could get the result.''

Hardworking defender Schon Hansen finished off some fine work by Peter Drager to score the second goal before Drager netted one himself.

"It was really good to see Schon score actually,'' Rule said.

As for his playing future, Rule said he'd see what happened with a new coach to be appointed and the team line-up for next season.

"I like it at Pride,'' Rule said.

"You always want to play at the highest level you can and the NPL is a good standard. It's a good league.''

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