Wolves must stay hungry

Matt Bailey

Matt Bailey

FOOTBALL

Luck might finally be falling their way but Wolves midfielder Matt Bailey is adamant now is not the time for the South Coast to become complacent.

Three straight wins helped the Wolves move off the bottom of the ladder to just one victory away from an FFA Cup berth.

But a loss this weekend could see the club slide back to the foot of the competition if results don't go their way.

They'll travel away to Marconi on Sunday and Bailey is urging his teammates to keep a steely focus on their NSW Premier League revival.

"At the start of the year it wasn't falling for us but now it has. That does not mean we are out of the issues we are in," he said.

"We still have to work hard and maintain that consistency."

The Wolves demolished Manly United 6-1 a fortnight ago to get their first win of the season, followed by a 2-0 win over St George last Sunday to rectify a lacklustre start to the campaign.

"We always knew we were going to work hard to get anything out of the season," Bailey said.

"It was obviously difficult with the start we had but the group believes we have the potential to move up the table which we are starting to do."

Amid their rise up the table, the Wolves have the chance to seal a spot in the inaugural FFA Cup next week.

South Coast travel to Melita Stadium to play Parramatta FC on Wednesday.

"I think the boys are really happy. It gives us a massive opportunity in the Waratah Cup and a berth in the FFA Cup," Bailey said.

"It is a really big carrot for the boys, I guess, to progress as far as we can and get a decent game in this FFA Cup."

After he joined the Wolves from Bulli in the off-season, Bailey wore the captain's armband in recent weeks in the absence of regular skipper Jacob Timpano.

He is likely to hold it again this weekend and for the Waratah Cup clash, with Timpano expected to remain sidelined for the immediate future.

"There is a leadership group within the side and Jacob does an excellent job with that. But with him out for an extended period of time, I am more than happy to take that responsibility," Bailey said.

"Hopefully I can help the team in the outcomes that we have [to have].

"It has been a good honour to captain the club for a couple of games."

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