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La Fiamma looking to take win off Spearwood after dropping crucial games at home

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La Fiamma against UWA Nedlands on the weekend.
Camera IconLa Fiamma against UWA Nedlands on the weekend. Credit: Russell Schneider/Russell Schneider

Ugle Fabrications La Fiamma are still yet to pick up a win at home after the side fell to UWA Nedlands 2-0 on Saturday.

The Reds now sit at one win, two draws and two losses from five games, with both losses coming in Geraldton.

Captain Lachlan Gray said the loss against UWA hurt as they were winning all around the ground but could not finish the job at the net.

“We were all over them … we just couldn’t put away our chances,” he said.

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“We’ve conceded pretty much on the break of half-time … the frustration sets in from the players because we’ve been playing so well, just couldn’t score.”

With scoring being an issue for La Fiamma, Gray said they would focus on their offensive game as they looked to steal wins on the road.

“Now our process going forward is concentrating on the attacking third, not so much on passing and creating chances … we’re doing all of that, but we just can’t put the chances away,” he said.

“The new focus to try and get these victories is for our boys to be practising shooting and practising finishing as best we can to cement our position in the league.”

La Fiamma are now back on the road to face one of the league’s top contenders in Spearwood Dalmatinac.

Getting the win will be a tall task but crucial for the Reds’ season.

“We want to fight for the win, purely because of the lack of results that we’re having at home,” Gray said.

“It’s possibly going to be the hardest game that we will play this year. (Spearwood) are up there with Bayswater … they have a good team, it’s going to be very tough.”

Despite the slow start at home, Gray said there have been positives to take away, with individual players stepping up early in the season.

“Braiden Page, our goalkeeper, has impressed levels above … initially we didn’t expect him to be a good goalkeeper, but he’s made a great difference in our goals,” he said.

“Luke Hancocks has been playing very well, solid role at centre back.

“Al Mupotaringa has been playing really well on the left wingback, which is a new position for him.”

The Reds will take on Spearwood at Dalmatinac Park on Saturday, May 25, with kick-off at 7.15pm.

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