By Chris Curulli
Seaforth coach Chris Wood knows that his side must discover their goalscoring touch as they look to bounce back from a tough start to the season when they host Wakehurst at Seaforth Oval on Sunday.
Both sides are coming off disappointing midweek defeats to Pittwater and Manly Vale respectively, so will be viewing this fixture as the perfect opportunity to get their seasons back up and running.
For Seaforth, a key area for improvement is clear.
“We’re currently in a similar boat to last year where we struggle to score goals and that has been the case so far this season,” Wood said.
“Coming up against Wakehurst there is a bit of unknown – you don’t really know teams are like or who they have picked up until you play them for the first time.
“But Wakehurst have always been a strong women’s club so again we expect it to be a close, competitive game and hopefully we can start putting the ball in the back of the net which would make a huge difference.”
Backing up from Thursday night’s match will be no issue for the Seaforth squad, who made the most of the lockdown period to work on their fitness.
“We kept training throughout all of COVID,” Wood explained.
“We went to online training and we did three fitness sessions for players to log in to live each week.
“We also sent them running challenges through Strava – three and five-kilometre challenges.
“In terms of preparation, we’re actually probably a lot fitter coming out of COVID than we were at the beginning of the season and that has a shown that we’re able to keep most of our strongest 11 out for a good 70 minutes of the game.”
In weekend action elsewhere, undefeated sides Manly Vale and Mosman FC meet at David Thomas and Brookvale host Pittwater who will be in high spirits after registering their first win of the season on Thursday.
In the final match, Manly Allambie travel to take on a Beacon Hill side who have experienced an uncharacteristically slow start to the season.