Rival clubs on mission to help each other climb ladder
WESTERN Spirit and Ipswich City are often fierce rivals in local football.
However, the top men's teams from each club can work together to help each other in coming weeks.
As Western Spirit chase a top two spot, the Bulls can bolster their cause by beating competition leaders Souths in what could be a decisive final Capital League 2 game of the season.
Meanwhile, Spirit can assist the Bulls move out of the relegation zone by overpowering lower placed teams Slacks Creek, Redcliffe and Westside in their matches following this weekend's break.
Fourth-placed Spirit strengthened their prospects with a polished 3-1 win over third-placed Oxley United at Goodna on Saturday night.
That came after the Bulls scored a vital 5-1 victory away to The Gap.
While Spirit head coach Nick Paterson is backing the Bulls to rise above their tenuous 9th placing, he's hoping they can beat Souths. The Bulls upset Centenary before firing against The Gap.
Paterson welcomed this weekend off after his team produced one of its most pleasing wins of the season.
"It will be good as a few boys are nursing injuries,'' he said.
The head coach was pleased with his team's effort against Oxley United, coming after the club's Reserve grade side also won 5-1 at Kippen Park.
"The way they've been playing, they deserve to play finals' football,'' Paterson said. "I think they can do some damage if they get to the finals as well.''
Stephen Muir became the competition's joint leading scorer (17 goals) after a double against Oxley.
"We've got plenty of players across the squad,'' Paterson said.
"We've used 27 players in A grade this year so far.
"It's brilliant the depth we've got there.''
Fred Kenyi gave Spirit the perfect start against Oxley finishing off a cross from Jay Johnson in the first few minutes.
Damien Andison put Spirit 2-0 up before Oxley made it 2-1 at the break.
Maurico Arena sealed the result in the second half.
"They were keen from the get-go,'' Paterson said, knowing his team was just six points out of top spot.
"In the second half, we got them for fitness and dominated.''
The Bulls showed what they can achieve when they find the net.
Mark Fancourt and Glenn Stenzel scored doubles in their much-needed win.
"It was a very very solid effort,'' coach Nev O'Sullivan said.
Former Reserve grader Stenzel has been one of the players making valuable contributions in recent weeks after the Bulls lost some senior players to injury.
"He's just starting to show a little bit more maturity now,'' O'Sullivan said.
The Bulls also have no CL 2 match this weekend.