Pride's SOS for NPL goalkeeper
AS if Western Pride head coach Karl Dodd didn't have enough to keep him busy preparing to fly to Townsville today.
With three key players out suspended or unavailable due to uni exams, he was working out which under-20 Pride players to take on the team's second road trip of the National Premiers League season.
However, just as he was considering a line-up to play Northern Fury, Dodd was left with a major pre-game headache.
Frontline goalkeeper Bon Scott is likely to be out for a couple of weeks after dislocating his finger making a regulation save at training on Thursday night.
With Pride's under-20 and under-18 back-up goalkeepers also unavailable due to university exams and a BBC scholarship, Dodd was yesterday left exploring options at catchment clubs.
"He's been going very well,'' Dodd said of Scott who has played in all 11 Pride NPL games this season.
"It was very frustrating being the last training session but it always happens that way.''
Scott's unfortunate setback comes with in-form midfielder Nielen Brown staying at home while serving a one-game suspension.
Regular top graders Joe Duckworth and Chris Scott are also unable to head north due to university exams.
Defender Ajdin Fetahagic has an ankle injury suffered playing against PNG in the recent tour match.
Despite their player issues, Pride are progressing well this season being in sixth place on the table with five wins, a draw and five losses.
Tonight's opponents Northern Fury are four points behind in eighth spot, having lost to Pride 1-0 in the first round.
National Premier Leagues: Tonight (7pm) - Western Pride v Northern Fury in Ayr.