Loaded WaiBOP United is back in the bay this Saturday for one final home game in a season that has, ultimately, ended in another failed play-off bid. A run of three games against fellow play-off contenders led to a run of three defeats and now we look to bring the curtain down on the franchise’s existence with only pride to play for. We have played the Wee Nix three times, for two away wins and a home defeat. With 14 goals in the three games a high scoring fixture is on the cards. The reverse fixture, at the beginning of January, finished 4-3 to us thanks to an added time winner from Ryan Tinsley, and that was after the first half was goalless. Captain, Adam Mitchell, is back in the squad after missing our last three matches.
Loaded WaiBOP United against Wellington Phoenix: P: 3, W: 2, D: 0, L: 1, GF: 8, GA: 6
Loaded WaiBOP United: Zac Speedy; Scott Hilliar, Adam Mitchell, Tyler Lissette, James Hoyle (Israel Whitley 69′); Mario Ilich (Cory Mitchell 85′), Alexis Varela; Sean Morris, Ryan Tinsley, Federico Marquez (Wade Molony 73′); Stephen Hoyle. Subs: Neil Achary (gk), Dylan Stansfield.
Wellington Phoenix: Olivers Sail, Joe Bell (Oliver Whyte 84′), Liam Wood, Sarpreet Singh, Cherbal Khouchaba (Ruairi Cahill-Fleury 59′), Logan Rogerson, Tamupiwa Dimairo, Justin Gulley, Troy Danaskos, Joel Stevens, Louis Evans (Sam Philip 65′). Subs: Marcel Kampman.
Loaded WaiBOP United 4-2 Wellington Phoenix (ht: 3-0)
WB: Sean Morris 26′, Stephen Hoyle 36′, 43′, Mario Ilich 83′.
WP: Logan Rogerson 65′, Oliver Whyte 88′.