Energy to add power for trial against Frenchville tomorrow
IT'S time to step it up a gear, says CQFC Energy coach Ray Wood.
Wood named a near full-strength team yesterday for tomorrow evening's trial against 2013 Central Queensland Premier League champions Frenchville.
Wood was expecting a return-leg match against last Saturday's opponents Mackay Crusaders tomorrow, but that didn't eventuate.
The Crusaders couldn't pull together a squad to travel to Rockhampton, with players bracing for Cyclone Dylan.
As Wood ramps up his preparations ahead of the season-opener on March 1, just five players - Douglas Neill, Andrew Poyser, Tolu Kayode, Jordan Miller and Jake Wilson - that featured in the Energy's 1-1 draw with the Crusaders on Saturday night are confirmed starters for Saturday evening's friendly.
Wood said last weekend's team was a largely under-20s side and with the NPL starting in just over a month, it was time to build for their round-one clash against competition-newcomer South West Queensland Thunder.
"It's important to get the players' decision-making up to speed and build those combinations," Wood said.
He believed Frenchville would challenge his players.
"If Frenchville played against the Mackay rep team 10 times, they'd beat them on seven occasions, so it's not as if we're losing out by playing them," he said.
Tomorrow evening's match starts at 5pm, while CQFC Energy's U20 team plays against a Frenchville U20s team at 3pm.
CQFC Energy v Frenchville
Friendly, Saturday, 5pm at CQUniversity
SQUAD: Andrew Poyser, Tolu Kayode, Bryce Ruthven, Douglas Neill, Ben Millar, Jake Wilson, Jordan Millar, Innocent Taban, Yaani Kondilis, Jared Lidy, David Skelhorn, Marko Radovanovic, Jordan Polkinghorne, Simon Hogarth, Joe Skelhorn.