ECU head to The Lion’s Den

ECU head to The Lion’s Den

Posted on April 22, 2011 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup are on the road for week nine of the All Flags Premier League when they take on Stirling Lions at Macedonia Park on Saturday (3pm)

Coach Syd Amphlett is looking for an improvement from last week’s draw. “It was great to get a clean sheet last week, and we’ve worked hard on our defence at training this week,” said Amphlett.

“Charlie Comyn-Platt has been in fine form, and his new partnership with Mark Tebbut looks promising. We are playing well without getting the just rewards, so we are looking to capitalise on the negative talks coming out of the Lions this week and get the three points to keep us in touch with the top five.”

Striker Ian McMurray also hopes they can continue their clean sheets on Saturday at the Lions and the strikers can find the target to keep ECU in the top five. “It will be a hard game for us on Saturday, as always against Stirling. They had a terrible result last week and I’m sure they’ll be looking to bounce back and get things rolling,” said McMurray.

“We had a poor performance last week as well although keeping our first clean sheet was massive for us. Unfortunately we haven’t scored in three weeks but the way we have trained this week, I’m sure we’ll that will end tomorrow. Stirling has made a lot of signings up to now and has a lot of quality in the team so we shall need to be at our best. Although we are missing a couple of players, we have enough quality within the squad to pick up the points.”

They will have to do it again without skipper Dale McCulloch through suspension, but do regain the services of Scot Blackmore, while Scott Bushby and Jake Benson-Cooper, who both returned to first team action last week, will be keen to continue.

The Lions were thrashed 5-1 at Inglewood United last week, and their Coach Paul Lincoln will be looking for an improvement from his side. ““The past two weeks we have been disappointing and the result at Inglewood was embarrassing,” said Lincoln.

“Saturday’s game against ECU will be another hard game – they have match winners such as John Higgins, John Thornley and Ian McMurray so we need to improve across the board to take a must needed three points.”