Serra has seen improvement in the side

Serra has seen improvement in the side

Posted on February 25, 2015 in 'News'

New ECU Joondalup keeper Jamie Serra has settled well between the sticks at the club, and he had big boots to fill. The 23-year-old took over from the 2014 Football West NPL-WA Goalkeeper of the Year, Andy Banks, who hung up his gloves at the end of the season.

But Serra has been in sparkling form in the Night Series, and he believes the side are improving each game. “I thought we were unlucky not to get anything out of the game against Perth, and staying with them 2-2 until the last ten minutes,” he said. “I believe they are the benchmark side to compete with and they just stayed switched on longer than us in the game, which cost us to late goals.”

The game was a good learning curve for the new look ECU side, and Serra believes it gave them a good guide to where they are at. “We were able to take plenty of positives out of the game, which will help better ourselves for the lead up to the season,” he said. “The side is gelling well and it takes time, but we’re working hard in training and will only get better.”

This week ECU takes on Armadale at Dalmatinac Park on Sunday. The Reds are yet to win tournament, but Serra believes they are only worried about what ECU do, and not them. “We are taking each game as it comes, and Armadale regardless of their performances, still allows us an opportunity to strengthen our game play, and correct any errors from the previous matches,” he explained.   “We know it’s only pre-season, but we will come out and face Armadale like we would face any team and aim to take maximum points.”

Youngster Bayley Brown-Montgomery will miss the game, as he has heads to the UK for trails with EPL sides Aston Villa and West Bromwich, but Serra said the youngsters who have stepped in the Night Series have performed well. “Bayley has been playing well and everybody at the club wishes him all the best,” he said. “The youngsters who we’ve played have stood up, Roland Rixer, Harry Bissett, Oliver Annis have done ever so well. I’m sure Dale will make the required alterations to compensate for the loss of Bayley, but it’s all about looking at players and formations as we build to the start of the Play Station 4 NPL-WA season opener against Perth on March 28th.”