Ugle Fabrications La Fiamma look for response against Noranda City

Jake Santa MariaGeraldton Guardian
La Fiamma are desperate to bounce back against Noranda City.
Camera IconLa Fiamma are desperate to bounce back against Noranda City. Credit: Lachlan Gray

Ugle Fabrications La Fiamma take on Noranda City FC this weekend and will be hoping they can shake off a tough loss to Yanchep FC last weekend.

With every win so important for their hopes of promotion, it was a disappointing display as they conceded two goals inside the first 10 minutes to effectively kill the contest before going on to eventually lose 3-0.

The loss saw them drop to sixth on the ladder, nine points away from promotion as the Reds have picked up only three points in the past four rounds.

La Fiamma captain Lachlan Gray said it was a difficult away trip against a team they felt they should’ve gotten points against.

“I don’t think we were quite prepared for the smaller pitch they had; we didn’t have the space we were used to,” he said.

“By the time we adjusted and grew into the game, it was too late.”

“It just wasn’t our day. Nothing seemed to go our way.”

La Fiamma is the only regional team in the competition and travels much further than anyone else, which Gray said made away losses a bitter pill to swallow.

“It certainly takes a toll on you and the vibe on the team bus; it was a very quiet trip home,” he said.

“It’s mentally draining, makes it tough to go back to work on Monday having travelled nearly 1000km and to end up with a loss like that.”

However, La Fiamma will have plenty of reason to get fired up for this weekend after letting Noranda off the hook in their previous encounter.

They were 3-1 up at half-time before Noranda scored a hattrick of goals to take the lead before Reds managed to rescue a point in an entertaining 4-4 draw.

Gray said that result was still in the back of the minds of the squad.

“It’s a result that still haunts us,” he said.

“We certainly feel we have to pull back the points we lost in that game and we’re going to make sure we push hard this game to get the points.”

Kick-off is scheduled for 6pm at Salvatore Sciuto Stadium, with the reserves clash starting at 4pm.

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