Ugle Fabrications La Fiamma are preparing for the worst this weekend when they travel to face Alkimos, who still hold a grudge from the last match that was called off between them before half-time by the referees. In one of the more bizarre games this season in division three of the Belt Up Amateur League, La Fiamma and Alkimos were tied 1-1 right before the half during the round five clash. After 40 minutes of play, an Alkimos player was served with a red card for his language, which caused their coaches to kick off. As the coach and assistant coach continued to berate the ref for her actions, the assistant coach was also served with a red card and it got to the point where the referee was forced to wave off the game. It has been 11 rounds since the incident occurred and Alkimos are still holding a grudge against the Reds for what happened. La Fiamma captain Lachlan Gray said there was clearly no love between the teams. “We know they’re not going to be the most welcoming of clubs, we contacted them asking about the facilities to be able to have a shower and stuff after the games,” he said. “They said they don’t have facilities and we can go wash off at the beach if we want.” With La Fiamma expecting a hostile environment, the club has reached out to Football West but received no response. “We’ve contacted Football West and asked them for a second official because of how they reacted at the home game,” Gray said. “But Football West haven’t responded at all. We sent them a follow up and they still haven’t said anything . . . so we’re just hoping that nothing does happen in this game.” A Football West spokesperson said they considers all reasonable requests from clubs regarding their fixtures and look to accommodate where possible. “With around 550 senior and junior metro fixtures to officiate each weekend, Football West tries to ensure all games have at least one match official,” they said. “We have full confidence in our match officials to control the games to which they are appointed and would expect players, coaches, supporters and other club representatives to behave in an appropriate manner.” With all the drama aside, there is still a game to play as La Fiamma hope to bounce back from last week after only coming away from the clash between UWA Nedlands with one-point in the 3-3 draw. The Reds know that this will be a tall task for them, but keeping their defence tight will be key to coming away with points. “We’ve got to do something about our defence, we’ve been leaky, we’re letting in poor goals which Alkimos will definitely capitalise on those situations,” Gray said. “We need to hold structure in the back line. . . we’ve not been scoring a massive amount of goals but we scored three in our last game.” La Fiamma will face Alkimos from 3pm at Halesworth Park on Sunday.