Cockburn up next for Jacks

Cockburn up next for Jacks

Posted on March 31, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup hit the road this week when they head south to Spearwood to take on Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park (3pm).

It hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Jacks having lost there in the last two seasons, their last win was in 2014, when Danny Dixon scored twice and Jon Higgins the other in a 3-1 win.

Head Coach Dale McCulloch said last week’s loss against Sorrento, was probably their best performance of the season, and he hopes it continues on Saturday, with a different result.

“Last week was a good performance, we created chances and dominated, but at 1-1 they scored a cracker and they hit again moments later,” he explained. “We will play worse than that this season and win, that’s football for you, that’s why we love it.”

McCulloch said Cockburn have a talented squad and have started the season well, including a 2-1 home win against Bayswater City, but he said they are ready for the challenge. “It’s a big ground and that brings difficulties, but it could help us with the pace we have up front,” he said. “We’ve spoke at length this week and go in with a game plan, and we think can come home with the points.

“The players are still hurting from last week’s game, but they are determined to make emends on Saturday and kick start our season.”

The squad has been hit by injuries with Rikki Smith injuring his knee again and will miss another month off football, while Danny Milne will again miss. Tommy Amphlett limped off last week, but should be fit to play, Shane Pickering copped a blow to his throat, but will play, while Nathan Diaz and Jack Jones will need late fitness tests.

Cockburn are coming off a 2-2 draw at Joondalup United last week, but they throw a two goal lead away. Cameron Edwards has been good form, along with new signings Calvin Whitney and Gian Albano, and they will have Aiden Dee Luz and Ruben Tristao available this week