Wagga United coach Travis Weir claims his side will be at full strength “for the first time all year” when they lock horns with undefeated minor premiers Lake Albert on Sunday.
Sixth-placed United are five points clear of Cootamundra and can secure a finals berth with a draw against the Sharks at Rawlings Park.
Weir, however, has greater expectations for his side.
“The boys are confident heading to this one,” he said.
“We haven’t lost in nine games and we’ve been playing some good footy, so I definitely think we’re capable of getting the win.”
United skipper Lincoln Weir and key defender Prince Thompson will join forces with Tyler Allen, Richard Horvath, Ben Smith, Gareth Veitch and Andrew McCracken, all of whom have passed muster for this weekend’s bumper clash.
“Crackers probably isn’t 100 per cent but he’ll play and we’ve got Gareth as a handy reserve,” Weir said.
“We’ll also look to change up a few things tactically, maybe try a few new formations.”
United were handed a 4-1 defeat last time they fronted up against the Sharks with star duo Fred and Henri Gardner scoring two goals apiece in the June clash.
The three-goal margin sets a dire precedent for the men in orange but Weir is undeterred by the challenge ahead.
“That scoreline is probably my fault in the end; I pushed everyone up the field at 2-1 to try and equalise and we ended up conceding a few late goals,” he said.
“I don’t think Lake Albert are a super team and I’m confident we can beat them. We’ll try to win the midfield battle but I guess it depends on which side turns up for us on the day.”
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