AFTER three resounding victories to open their 2018 FFA Cup campaign, Bomaderry FC will look to continue their dream run on Wednesday evening, when they host the Gladesville Hornsby Football Association Spirit FC at South Nowra’s Ison Park.
Having already defeated Leichhardt Saints FC (4-nil), Marayong FC (2-nil) and Killarney District (1-all, 6-5 on penalties), Wednesday’s clash will mark the first time in history a Shoalhaven club has played in and hosted a round six match.
“We were over the moon when we found out that we had drawn another home game,” Tigers coach Nathan Aldridge said.
“It’s obviously great for our club but also great for Shoalhaven Football as a whole.”
But Aldridge and his Tigers are under no illusions the Spirit, a National Premier League two side, present their hardest task to date – having defeated the Wollongong Wolves 2-1 in round five.
“Any NPL side, be it division one, two or three, is going to be a very tough opposition,” Aldridge said.
“As such, I think the Spirit will present our biggest challenge of this campaign thus far.
“They’ve obviously got great resources and facilities at their disposal, making what they do that little bit more professional.
“In saying that, there’s no reason why our boys can’t rise to the challenge once again.
“At the end of the day, both teams have 11 players and it’s just a game of football.”
Aldridge admits his side had already exceeded his expectations in this competition but knows they have the potential to stay alive.
“It’s a credit to all the boys’ commitment for us getting this far, especially with the way they got stuck in on those away games,” he said.
“To get the win on Wednesday would be unbelievable but I know, just like we did against Killarney, the boys will turn up, do what they do and put us in the best position to win the game of football.”
Aldridge’s squad for Wednesday’s clash, which will be captained by Daniel Frew, includes, Scott Fagerlund, Cam Nelson, Brad Bailey, Sam Baxter, Tom Moffatt, Dale Russell, James Eldred, Nick Evans, Dave Hampton, Brendan Kellett, Jordan Haddow, Jyle Smith, Dane Tasker, Kevin Jackson and Carlos Lang.
Kick-off is at 7.30pm.