Western Spirit are confident about their local derby hopes after beating Newmarket on a poor playing surface.
Western Spirit are confident about their local derby hopes after beating Newmarket on a poor playing surface. David Nielsen

Western Spirit secures victory on a football ‘beach’

WESTERN Spirit head confidently into Friday night's local derby after securing an important victory in their catch-up match played on a "beach''.

Coach Nick Paterson was pleased with his side's 3-1 Capital League 2 win at Newmarket but also grateful none of his players were seriously hurt on the playing surface.

"The field was absolutely atrocious,'' Paterson said after last night's win.

"We came through unscathed, which was good.''

As other regional sides had the weekend off, Western Spirit continued its bid for a top three finish by toiling hard under challenging conditions.

"There wasn't too much football played,'' Paterson said, referring to how the field limited his team's attacking ability.

"JJ (Jay Johnson) had a runaway straight to goal and no-one could catch him for pace, he's that quick, and then top of the 18 yard box the ball just stopped in a sand pile. That's how bad it is.

"It was like playing on the beach at times.''

However, Spirit can now focus on enjoying a better quality surface at Kippen Park on Friday night. That is for the local derby against Ipswich City.

"Looking forward to it. Can't wait,'' Paterson said of the 6.30pm and 8.30pm matches at Goodna.

"We're travelling well.''

A positive last  night was how centre midfielder Damien Andison responded to a pre-game gee-up on the dressing room whiteboard.

"We wrote up the people that hadn't scored,'' the coach said.

"He (Andison) come out and replied quite well.''

Andison's double was his first and second goals for the season, showing what he can deliver when needed.

In a weekend women's catch-up match, Western Pride lost 2-0 to The Gap in their away game last night.

It was much better effort by the Pride players after losing 8-0 to the Gators two weeks ago.

"I'm really proud of the girls tonight because the points could have gone any way,'' Pride player/coach Lorena Maggio said.

"We were unlucky not to come away with anything.''

In other women's football catch-up matches, Western Spirit's Division 3 team drew 3-3 with Clairvaux and the club's Division 4 side beat Greenbank 3-0.



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