La Fiamma look to escape table log jam to boost promotion hopes

Jake Santa MariaGeraldton Guardian
La Fiamma are in a tight battle for third.
Camera IconLa Fiamma are in a tight battle for third. Credit: Russell Schneider

La Fiamma are stuck in a four-way battle for third place in division three of the Amateur Football League after a tough loss to Forrestfield United over the weekend.

Having started the game in fourth place La Fiamma had the opportunity to break a game clear of the chasing pack and keep pressure on second-placed Baldivis.

Unfortunately, they were outplayed for most of the match finding themselves 3-0 down after Forrestfield captain Liam Davis struck in the 72nd minute.

However, the Reds stuck at it and after two converted penalties in the space of three minutes found themselves in with a chance of escaping with a point.

There just wasn’t enough time to make it happen as they ultimately went down 3-2 leaving them in fifth place on 19 points level with Murdoch, Forrestfield and Cracovia.

With Perth running away at the top of the ladder, having not lost a game so far, the pressure is on to keep pace with second-placed Bladivis, who are currently two games clear, to keep promotion hopes alive.

At just over the halfway point of the season there is still plenty of time left but it’s an important couple of weeks ahead and with a large chasing pack a couple losses can quickly see teams get lost in the wash.

La Fiamma will face Murdoch away who are coming off a close loss to Baldivis in what should be a tight match-up.

The Reds could be sitting as high as third if they win and the draw opens up for them in the next two games with fixtures against the currently winless Woodvale FC and tenth-placed Yanchep after.

The last time these sides met the Reds were thrashed 5-0. But they come in with better form and know their best can beat anyone and will know a loss here could make things very tricky for promotion hopes.

Kick-off will be 7pm at Besteam Stadium at Murdoch on Saturday.

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