Western Spirit refreshed for crucial catch-up match
WHEN a lot of football has been played and injuries or illness kick in, a quiet week of training can be just what the proverbial doctor ordered.
Having English Premier League teams playing in Australia can provide another reason to ease the workload.
That's been the case at Western Spirit this week preparing for tonight's Capital League 2 catch-up match against Newmarket at McCook Park.
After head coach Nick Paterson headed to Sydney to see Tottenham train and play last weekend, the team organised pizza at the clubhouse and watched Chelsea play after a light run on Tuesday night.
Paterson said his players deserved a break as they recover from a spate of flu and some injuries in recent weeks.
The club was also relieved to hear the ankle injury Jarrod Hancock sustained early in last weekend's gritty 5-2 victory was not as serious as first thought.
With player-depleted Spirit consolidating their top four spot after beating The Gap, tonight's match has added importance.
"If we win this one, it puts a gap between fifth spot,'' Paterson said.