Western Pride striker Andy Pengelly.
Western Pride striker Andy Pengelly. Chris Simpson

Don't mention 'f word' around Ipswich team

FOOTBALL: Saturday night's state league loss was Western Pride's second to Olympic this season after the competition leaders won their February clash 3-2 at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.

However, with only one other loss to Brisbane City, the Pride team is still well placed in second spot on 33 points behind Olympic (38).

Moreton Bay (32), Lions (30), Strikers (28) are also battling for top four spots.

However, don't mention the "f'' word yet despite Pride being the defending state league grand final champions.

"Finals will naturally take care of themselves,'' assistant coach Dan Burnell said.

"If we keep putting in consistent displays like we did last night, we'll be at the next level.

"We are still building and taking good performances and good momentum into a critical period of our season the next couple of weeks.

"It's a very experienced group now. A lot of them have been around NPL for 50, 60, 70 games now and we've got some good cohesion in our senior sides with good experience with some really good young players.

"We do all we can to keep them focused and grounded and we don't talk about finals.''

Pride also have to find a new captain this week after stand-in leader Cam Crestani received his fifth yellow card late in the match against Olympic.

That ruled the former A-League defender out of Saturday night's match against North Queensland United at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.