Changed focus priority as Pride chases victory
WESTERN Pride's National Premier League players enjoyed a change of scenery and a game against their under-20 club mates during this week's training at Ebbw Vale.
Now coach Kasey Wehrman wants a change of focus in discipline.
After expressing his concern about players being sent off following last weekend's 10-man effort, Wehrman reinforced the message leading into tonight's away game against Redlands United.
Hardworking defender Devon Munn landed a suspension for being red-carded in last weekend's 2-0 loss to Northern Fury.
"We talked a lot about discipline and referee's decisions,'' Wehrman said.
He urged his players to ignore situations out of their control and focus on not letting teammates down.
With Munn sidelined, reliable defender Zelmar Martinez returns to left back, working with captain Niall McCarthy, Joel Hancock and Aaron Christensen.
While happy with his midfield of Robbie Livingstone, Lincoln Rule and Jeye Comerford, the coach is looking at a different striking formation.
Ninth-placed Pride lost their first round clash 4-1 to Redlands and Wehrman wants more attacking options this week.
"I'm still up in the air a little bit who I want to play at the front,'' he said.
He said his senior players benefited from playing the club's under-20 representatives on Thursday night.
Training was moved from Briggs Road to Ebbw Vale this week.
Tonight's 6pm game is at the Cleveland Showgrounds.
Other Pride junior teams will play from 9.30am.
Look out for a Pride junior wrap-up in Wednesday's QT.
National Premier League - Tonight (6pm) - Western Pride v Redlands United at Cleveland Showgrounds.
Brisbane Premier League: Tomorrow (3pm) - Ipswich Knights v Brisbane Force at Eric Evans Oval. Reserves at 2.45pm.
Capital League 1: Tonight (6pm) - Western Spirit v Pine Hills at Kippen Park, Goodna. Reserves at 4pm.
Capital League 2: Tonight (6pm) - Ipswich City v The Gap at Sutton Park, Brassall. Reserves at 4pm.