Spirit keen for revenge at home to bolster top 2 bid

IPSWICH  Knights played UQ in last night's Brisbane Premier League competition. Western Pride's National Premier Leagues match against Palm Beach is being rescheduled.

IT could be one of the most important football games of the season for Western Spirit.

They are well in touch with the leaders, are yet to rule out their promotion prospects and are playing at a home base that has served them well in the past.

Anything is still possible in this year's Capital League 2 season.

Spirit just have to block out the distractions and keep winning, starting with tonight's clash at Kippen Park.

Fourth-placed Spirit tackles joint competition leaders Oxley United in a 6pm clash of vital importance.

Spirit are on 31 points, four behind third-placed Centenary, and only six adrift of Oxley United and Souths United.

Head coach Nick Paterson welcomes back his skipper Joel Hancock from suspension and utility Chris Gale, who missed two games.

"We're looking very strong,'' Paterson said.

Spirit only lost 1-0 to Oxley in the first round during a storm-affected match.

"The boys are really looking forward to playing them again to get the revenge,'' Paterson said.

Being at Goodna lifts Spirit's hopes of securing a vital three points and continuing their steady charge.

"It's a simple equation for us. We just have to keep on winning,'' Paterson said.

Having the following weekend off also gives Spirit more motivation to win tonight before refocusing.

Players with general soreness can give their all tonight before enjoying a timely rest.

Meanwhile, the Ipswich City Bulls need to string a few wins together being on 12 points in 11th spot, just ahead of bottom team Slacks Creek on nine.

The Bulls travel to The Gap for their latest encounter tonight.


Game Day

Tonight: Capital League 2 - 6pm: Western Spirit v Oxley United at Kippen Park; Ipswich City v The Gap at Walton Bridge Reserve. Reserve grade matches at 4pm.

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