Magpies to swoop up the Grubs
FOOTBALL: Nerimbera Magpies are taking a 'backs against the wall' type approach to their must-win FFA Cup clash against Clinton.
Clinton, a strong favourite for the Wesley Hall Cup, possess one of the most physical and imposing sides in the competition.
Magpies coach Scott Thomson will employ a defence-based system to deal with the Grubs.
"Clinton are always a tough side to play but I am confident the team we have assembled will not make it easy for them," Thomson enthused.
"We will try and win the game through our defence. Their midfield is very strong so we need to be quick to shut them down.
"Their centre of the park is very strong so we will try and hit them on the counter.
"You only need one goal to win."
FFA Cup fixtures
- Nerimbera Magpies vs Clinton Grubs at Pilbeam Park
- Cap Coast FC vs Bluebirds United at Apex Park
- Frenchville Roos vs Southside United at Ryan Park
- Bye Emerald Eagles
Thomson said for his side to progress, centre-backs Duane Goltz and Matt Sparks would be key.
Nerimbera return to FFA Cup action after a three year absence, with the incentive to go further the most exciting part.
"The opportunity to play outside this region is exciting," he said.
"You have the chance to go further and play new teams if you keep progressing.
"The chance to possibly play an A-League side is a great incentive, especially for young players."
Clinton coach Derek Horton said the match would be used to fine-tune areas ahead of the season.
"As far as that game goes, we are using it as a trial game, but for us to play in the FFA Cup is a bonus," Horton said.
"While our results so far have been good, I am not satisfied with how we are playing.
"We will go with three defenders at the back. It gives us the opportunity to be more attacking because we haven't scored as many goals as we would have liked."