Bankstown City – Almost There


Despite a mixed Johnny Warren Cup campaign ? where the team?s performance improved with each match ? the results though were not so forthcoming; a worrying sign for the Bankstown City supporter that has continued on into the regular season.
According to the Bankstown City Coach Peter Tsekenis and his Assistant Peter Papoythis though, the team?s change in fortunes is just around the corner.
?We?ve played some good football, we have just been really unlucky,? commented Peter Tsekenis following the 0-0 home draw against Sutherland Sharks last weekend.
?I felt we dominated for large spells and really did well in the midfield against the team who is first in the competition ? we just could not convert our chances, and that is very frustrating.
?We are disappointed to have missed out on the three-points, at home, against Sutherland.
?But we?ll get there. I believe in this group, we are doing many things really well, and we?ll get the break we need.?
Bankstown City has secured only one-win from the six matches played to-date ? the team from Jensen Park still to play the catch-up match against Sydney Olympic from Round 6 that was postponed to a later date.
A 2-1 home win against Macarthur Rams in Round 5 is the only ?three-pointer? this campaign for last season?s Grand-Finalists, though according to the Club?s Assistant Peter Papoythis, the side will certainly be challenging come the end of the season:
?It is frustrating because we?ve played so well. I can?t take anything away from this group of players ? the boys train so hard throughout the week and have been brilliant.
?The performance against Sutherland was promising, except for the goal that never came.
?We?ll continue to fight though, and with a bit of luck in the coming weeks, we?ll be finding the back of the net.?
Bankstown City face Wollongong FC at John Crehan Park on Sunday afternoon in a match neither side can afford to lose ? each for very different reasons.
Bankstown City need the three-points to close in on the top-half of the table, meanwhile Wollongong FC have a strong-hold on third-spot, a placing they do not want to lose in this their best start to a season in recent times.
?Wollongong are a very good side, just look at the result against West Sydney Berries today (last Sunday ? Wollongong won 2-0 away from home),? commented Papoythis.
?We?ll have some work to do, though if the boys can prepare for the match as they have been, we are certainly closing in on the wins we need,? Papoythis concluded.

Joseph Carlucci