The last time Macarthur faced Central Coast, they sealed a thrilling 3-2 win to kickstart their season. Ahead of Friday’s rematch with the Mariners, another major stake is on the line; the chance to jump into the top two.
The Bulls enter the eagerly anticipated clash at Campbelltown Stadium full of confidence. They’re in impressive form having won three of their past four games with players brimming with confidence. Normally reserved, even head coach Dwight Yorke admits the positive mood is hard to ignore, describing the atmosphere as “upbeat” this week. However, he’s not getting carried away. His eyes are firmly on furthering momentum and building consistency at the South West Sydney club.
“We are trying to build momentum. You can only build from a consistent basis and that’s exactly the message to the players,” Yorke said. “To do that, our home games are very important to us. We want to make Campbelltown Stadium a place where teams find it extremely difficult to play against us.”
So far, Campbelltown has been just that. The Bulls have one four of their six games at home in all competitions this season and are eager to extend that at the expense of the high-flying Mariners. It’s why Yorke has called on football fans in the region to do their part and create an atmosphere that make Macarthur’s home a “fortress” for the Bulls.
“Hopefully it will be a good day out. Hopefully we will get a big crowd because this game is important… this is a significant one, a result puts us closer to the top which will be great for our football club,” Yorke said.
Defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis said the team was confident of continuing their impressive form and claiming another major scalp with a win over the in-form Mariners.
“We have beaten them before so we have a lot of confidence going into this game,” he said. “We know that if we do all the right things and play the way we have been playing, we know we can get three points from the match.”
In team news, Georgian striker Bachana Arabuli has been cleared of injury after being forced off late in the Bulls 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets last week while Australian international defender Aleks Susnjar returned to full training this week after his lengthy lay-off due to a knee injury.
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