Ugle Fabrications La Fiamma face a tough away trip this weekend against Perth AFC as the end of the 2022 season fast approaches. The Reds have put together one of their best seasons and are daring to dream after three straight victories catapulted them up the ladder. They dominated a Bladivis team which has spent most of the season in the top two after what was possibly the longest away trip in the competition. Captain Lachlan Gray said it was a fantastic performance. “When we go on away trips we don’t usually expect a result, especially for the Sunday kick-offs,” he said. “Often the game feels like a grind for 90 minutes but on the weekend it just didn’t seem that hard. “Kumbi (Dzoma) scored the opener and we thought we should be ready for a second-half fightback, but everything just fell to us.” It was not that long ago that a poor run of results looked like the Reds had ended any hopes of promotion from Amateur Division 3. But Gray said re-evaluating their goals for the seasons after that run helped lead the turnaround in form. “Us thinking that promotion was probably over perhaps freed our minds a little bit and just made us take things week by week,” he said. “Then we got that win against Northern City away where we were down on players and we just showed a lot of heart to take the points. “From there we’ve just got on a bit of a roll and we almost ask ourselves how the hell did that happen.” The attacking vigour the Reds have shown in their past few matches certainly reflects a happy playing group and while the mood is good, they are under no illusions about the challenge they face again this weekend. Perth are undefeated across their 17 matches, winning 14 and drawing just three, and can sew up the championship with a win on Sunday. They have scored nine goals in their past two games but La Fiamma will take some confidence in knowing they are one of only three teams to have taken points off them this season. “This will be the hardest game we’ve had so far this season,” Gray said. “If we manage to get a point this weekend that would be amazing, but at the very least we want to challenge them and show the comp our recent form is no fluke. “It would be great to deny them the satisfaction of claiming the cup this weekend.” With just four rounds left and sitting three points behind Forresfield in second, the Reds may very well need a point this weekend and will probably have to win their last three matches. They will play Forrestfield in the last game of the season in what could be the promotion battle decider if the Reds are still in the hunt by then. “This is the most important four weeks we’ve ever had at my time at the club,” Gray said. “I’m so proud of how we have progressed as a team since last season and if we can keep our heads and take it one game at a time, we could pull off something pretty special.” The Reds will kick off at 3pm at Len Packham Park.