WaiBOP United makes the long trip south this weekend to take on Dunedin-based Southern United. We won the reverse encounter in the first round, but since then Southern have pulled off several very good results, including an impressive away win at Waitakere United.
WaiBOP Head Coach, Peter Smith, views the match as another opportunity for his young side to improve. “It’s been well documented that I’m reasonably happy with how we’ve competed, by and large, throughout the season,” explains Smith. “With the play-offs all but out of the question, however, the rest of our season will be about transforming that competitiveness into results. We did it last Saturday and the Southern game offers itself as an opportunity to back that up.”
Smith is looking forward to playing at Dunedin’s indoor stadium. “It’ll be quite a strange feeling, I’m sure, and something we’re not used to. Hopefully they can rustle up a few fans so we can have a good atmosphere which will add to the great setting,” said Smith. “And hopefully that setting can inspire our lads to put in a performance that gets us another three points.”
The match is set down for a 1pm kick-off at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Sunday February 9.