Transfers to Spirit add spice to match

Richard Murray
Richard Murray
There will more than just a run of good form on the line for Caversham tomorrow.

Fresh off a pair of important wins over the past two weeks, it hosts Coastal Spirit in the Southern Football League at Hancock Park.

That also means it will host two of its former players in Michael Hogan and Brett Clifford.

Hogan in particular would be a significant opponent.

He played more than 100 games for Caversham and is in his first season away, having finished university and left for work.

While not the focus, Caversham coach Richard Murray said it added to the encounter.

"It's more an extra challenge, isn't it?

"You don't want them to get one over you.

"It will be a lot harder for them, playing against a team that they put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into.

"Whereas for us, it's about getting the job done."

Caversham made a strong start to the South Island league two weeks ago, beating local champion Mosgiel 2-0.

It followed that with a 3-2 extra-time win over Roslyn Wakari in the Chatham Cup last weekend.

The win helped it through to the quarterfinals, where it plays Auckland's Bay Olympic at Hancock Park on August 3.

That was particularly significant, given Caversham was missing several key players.

However, Murray said the team's youngsters had stepped up and played well.

It gets back captain Andrew Ridden this week, as well as the electric Ben Wade and Rohan Nathu.

That will help, as Murray was expecting a tough match from Coastal

, which had a 3-0 win first up against Nomads United.

Murray said it would be physical and strong across the whole park.

That was something the side was looking forward to testing itself against.

Having played Mosgiel first up, it would be exciting to play a Mainland team.

"It's the whole idea of playing someone different, so that's quite exciting for the boys and it's something we're looking forward to.

"We're in a pretty good run of form so it's a pretty good time to hit a team from Christchurch."

Working hard for the entire game would be key, as it could be decided on one moment of brilliance, or one mistake.

However, the side was heading into the game in a good mental space.

"It's a good balance.

"Confidence is good; it means everyone's happy, especially when we're winning.

"But this Coastal team will be a very good team and they'll be very difficult.

"We'll have to play at our best to beat them.

"That's the important thing; each game's a new challenge and a test to see where we're at."

In the other southern game, Otago University will host Mosgiel at the Caledonian Ground.

Both teams are looking for their first points.

Meanwhile, Nelson Suburbs hosts Nomads United, while Cashmere Technical is at home to Western.

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