NRFL

Bay Olympic Show No Fear

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Five matches are all that remain for Bay Olympic in their bid to retain their spot for 2019 inside the Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier Division.

But with only limited time on their hands, the Shane Knowles coached side are keeping cool heads inside the Bay Olympic camp and are seeking to take big strides with a fearless attitude in a bid to avoid the drop.

Every point from now on is vital for Bay Olympic and with Knowles looking ahead to his sides final set of fixtures in the league this season, the gaffer could only describe the last stretch as “Very Crucial.”

Bay Olympic huddle. Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

“We’re looking to prepare just one game at a time really, just focus on that and put all our energy into that one and then focus on the next one and to try and accumulate points that way” Knowles said.

“We’re creating a lot of opportunities in every game but we’re just not finishing in front of goal, which is hard, but we’ve just got to keep trying, there’s only one road, just keep persevering and then you will get the result that you require.”

“Last weekend’s draw ended up costing us, a lot of teams are struggling now, it’s the type of league we’re playing in, there’s a blanket of 13 points covering 11th place to first, so it’s a pretty tight league and we’re looking to get the best possible outcome of it.”

However, a decisive win over Hamilton Wanderers this weekend will certainly lift the confidence of Bay Olympic as the team in green sets their eyes on survival in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier Division.

“Kale [Herbert] is doing a great job, I think it’s his first time at that level with that club, so he’s doing a really good job, they’re a tough team to beat” Knowles said.

Bay Olympic’s Julyan Collett is congratulated on scoring. Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

“Tommy [Semmy] is scoring for fun, but I am not really scared to play them, so it’s just seeing if we can reply with bells and seeing if we can get a good result from it.”

“We’re trying to play without fear and just stop giving the opposition a lot more freedom, as we’re trying to create opportunities out of that.”

“We’re just not putting them in the back of the net, which is the hard part, we’re just going to approach the match against Hamilton the same way and basically chuck the sink at it and see how we go.”

The match is scheduled to kick off at 3pm at Olympic Park.

Other Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier Division Fixtures:

Three Kings United v Western Springs AFC – Keith Hay Park
Onehunga Sports v Central United – Waikaraka Park
Manukau United v East Coast Bays – Centre Park, Mangere
Birkenhead United v Glenfield Rovers – Shepherds Park
Waitakere City FC v Eastern Suburbs – Fred Taylor Park

All matches are scheduled to kick off at 3pm.

Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier Division League Table: