Villa focusing on their own tempo, style

 

CUP BID: Alstonville’s Phil Francis will be hoping his side can gain Anzac Cup victory over the Casino Cobras tonight.
CUP BID: Alstonville’s Phil Francis will be hoping his side can gain Anzac Cup victory over the Casino Cobras tonight.

ALSTONVILLE premier division head coach Troy Taylor insists his side is not on a revenge mission as it prepares to kick off this year's Anzac Cup soccer action.

 

Villa are due to take on the Casino Cobras tonight - weather permitting - as this year's competition gets under way.

The two sides have already met during the pre-season build-up with the youthful Cobras securing a 3-1 win over a weakened Alstonville in the opening round of the Northern NSW State Cup last month.

Taylor is confident his side will not carry any psychological effects from that clash, however.

"Full credit to Casino for that match, but this is a different time of year," he said.

"We have our own tempo and our style of football which we are working on.

"We will be focusing on that, not on Casino."

Taylor said his side should have a full 18-strong squad available

The two sides have been drawn in Pool C alongside Goonellabah, although cross-pool games are also scheduled.

It has been a satisfying pre-season for Taylor, with the club hosting three training gatherings a week since early January.

Sessions have taken place at a mix of indoor and outdoor venues, ensuring the players are in decent physical shape for the season.

"It has been a good period for us," he said.

"I am confident the work we have been doing will translate into results."

Casino head coach Jason Lines said his team had enjoyed a "satisfying" pre-season build-up.

He said his side should be almost at full-strength for what he expected would bea tough contest.

"We have a couple of guys out but we should be pretty strong," he said.

"We will go in with a fair bit of confidence but this is a different type of game.

"I daresay Troy will be making sure their guys are fully enthused and ready to come at us."

The match was to have been played at Casino, but has been transferred to Alstonville's Crawford Park due to the weather.

Kick-off is at 8pm.



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