Didn’t that work out well?!
I wrote last week that our aim was to get 30 points for the season with three games to go – and we did it in last week’s game. It’s better than we’ve ever done before in the NPL competition and I am really pleased with the work the boys have put in. It’s always good when we see some benefit from the hard work.
Best of all, the win against another top four team shows what we’re capable of when we go out to play good football.
So what’s next? Two more games against two top sides, with six points on offer. We can make the finals and that’s our aim now.
To do that, of course, we have to be focused on the game in hand, not last week’s or next week’s but this week’s – which, by the way, is against Moreton Bay Jets. Every game, we go out to win. To do that, we all must believe that we can, relax, enjoy the match and play the good football we’ve been playing the past few weeks.
It was an all-round effort last week but I want to make mention of three players. Jacob Crowley played an outstanding captain’s role. Dan Wilesmith in goals was immense for us, pulling off a fantastic save in each half. Our debutant, Stephen Blackburn, also brought exactly what any coach wants from a number 10 – an ability to create scoring opportunities and score some goals also, of which he did twice last weekend!
By the way, if you’re a young player or know a young player who’d like to be part of Northern Fury’s elite development program, we’re conducting trials over the next few weeks for U-13 and U-15 girls and U-12, U-14 and U-15 boys. Find out more about dates and times here.
Ian Ferguson is Director of Coaching of Northern Fury FC and Head Coach of the NPL team. He has previously coached Perth Glory and the former NQ Fury in the A-League. His playing career spanned 18 years, mostly with Rangers in the Scottish Premier League. He was capped nine times for Scotland.