Palmer Values Season’s First Regional Away Trip

Aug 23, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers midfielder Ryan Palmer believes this weekend’s away trip to Mackay could not have come at a better time for he and his teammates.

Brisbane Strikers will take to the coastal regional centre this weekend to tackle relegation-threatened Mackay and Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United at Sologinkin Oval on Saturday night in the National Premier Leagues.

With the off-season departure of other regional clubs from the competition, the trip marks the only overnight away trip for Brisbane Strikers this season – the side’s least travelled campaign since 2007.

After securing a fifth-placed finish in the league last weekend with a strong 4-1 win over Olympic FC, Palmer says the trip can only strengthen the team ahead of next week’s crucial FFA Cup clash with Manly United.

“It is important for us to build a bit more momentum before the FFA Cup with another good performance and to earn another good result,” he explained.

“We are already very bonded and unified as a team but it will be great to have the lads together for the whole weekend too just before the Manly game.”

“Personally, it’s a bit disappointing that we don’t get to make as many trips up north to the regions anymore because I have always enjoyed it in the past.”

“They always seem to be good for the team and it’s always interesting to play in front of different crowds.”

Despite their twelfth-placed opponents woes in the league this season – and their deflating midweek FFA Cup exit to Moreland Zebras in Melbourne – Palmer dismissed suggestions the result will come easy for Brisbane Strikers.

“We want to win every game we play and we know that Mackay will also be very motivated because they are still fighting for their spot in the league for next year,” he said.

“We did well against them last time we played at home but it is always a bit different when we go away and we know we will have to play well.”

“It would be good to put a few goals in again this time around but we are also very motivated to keep a clean sheet.”

Still only 21 years of age, Palmer has alternated between starting and substitutes appearances throughout the season,

He said he believes that competition for places is what has driven the team’s impressive run of results in the second-half of the season – that has seen the team lose just four times in their past 19 appearances.

“Every player is fighting for spots in the team and we are all pushing in training and it is a really good atmosphere,” he said.

“I am happy to be contributing to the team however I can and I feel I have been consistently improving this year.”

To that end, Palmer welcomed the mid-week announcement by the club that head coach Owen Baker has re-signed for the 2020 season.

“Owen has done a great job bringing the team together – his man management is very good – and we are all happy to know he is back next season,” he concluded.

Brisbane Strikers have only lost once in eight previous visits to Mackay across the National Premier Leagues and the former Queensland State League competitions.

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 29

Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United v Brisbane Strikers
Saturday, August 24 @ 7:00PM
Sologinkin Oval, Mackay

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