South Coast Flame Men’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways when they play host to bottom-side Western NSW this Saturday night at Ian McLennan Park.
After Flame’s impressive win over Hawkesbury City last Wednesday night, the side were unable to make it back-to-back wins falling to a late goal against Hurstville FC at the weekend.
New signing Cody Waller has gotten off to a flying start for the side picking up goals in back-to-back games since joining the club.
With Nicholas Armand sidelined for an extended period due to glandular fever, new signing Thomas Matthews has proven to be a capable replacement in goal.
Flame’s opponents Western NSW have failed to win a game so far this season and have conceded the most goals in the division this year with 34.
The side has just two points after nine games and is on a three-game losing run.
Flame got the better of Western NSW the last time the side’s met with a 2-0 victory in Bathurst.
However, in 2020, both teams finished on the same points and the same goal difference.
Flame have also managed to sign Aden Wade this week inside the transfer window to give the team some added depth.
Last week, no less than six first-team players were unavailable.
With this marking the midway point of the season, this is simply a must-win game for Flame if they are going to make any sort of charge as they make the turn with another difficult set of games over the next month.
The under-20s extended their losing run to four games after a 3-0 defeat to Hurstville FC.
The side has been playing decent football of late but are just falling short week after week.
With several key players promoted, it is proven to be unsettling for coach Michael Panozzo however with some players back this week, the team is confident of getting a result against Western NSW.
With Western also struggling and on the road, perhaps for the first time this year, Flame may just start as favourites for this match.
South Coast Flame v Western NSW @ Ian McLennan Park
Saturday 15 May – 4.30pm and 6.30pm respectively.
The South Coast Flame Women’s team will take on Shellharbour Scorpions on Sunday night at Ian McLennan Park.
Flame suffered their third defeat of the season going down to Woonona Sharks last weekend.
Despite accruing just four points from their opening six matches, the side has scored 13 goals so far which is the third highest across the division.
Shellharbour comes into the match sitting in third three points above South Coast.
The Scorpions are also one of the best defensively conceding just five goals in their six games including three clean sheets.
A victory for Flame could send the side level on points with their opponents.
South Coast Flame v Shellharbour Scorpions @ Ian McLennan Park
Sunday 16 May 5.40pm.