South Coast Wolves to maintain fearless approach in Rockdale clash

Matt Bailey says positive results have fuelled South Coast's growing confidence. Picture: ADAM McLEAN
Matt Bailey says positive results have fuelled South Coast's growing confidence. Picture: ADAM McLEAN


Tireless midfielder Matt Bailey is adamant the South Coast will maintain the fearless approach that has resurrected their season in Sunday's clash with Rockdale City Suns at WIN Stadium.

After starting the campaign in horror form, the Wolves have suffered just one loss in their past seven league fixtures amid a heavy road schedule.

They are now one of the form sides of the competition as they play a positive brand of football under coach Nahuel Arrarte.

Bailey expects that approach to continue in a difficult game with the Suns.

"It is going to be a tough game, they have got good players all over the park. It is going to be a matter of us drawing on our strengths," Bailey said.

"To be honest, we don't fear any team now.

"We have got belief in the group and we go out to get a result every game."

The changed attitude is in stark contrast to how the squad appeared on the pitch early in the season.

But Bailey believes there is a simple explanation for the change: "Confidence comes from results," he said.

"We have had some good results in recent weeks and some in the Cup so it really breeds confidence in the group.

"That is showing now and hopefully we can build on that for the rest of the season."

Arrarte is set to keep the faith in young centre half James Baldacchino despite club captain Jacob Timpano's return to fitness.

Baldacchino has forged a strong partnership in the centre of defence with Michael Robinson which has seen the Wolves concede more than one goal just once in the past seven matches.

"I think, defensively, we have been pretty sound for a couple of weeks now," Bailey said.

"We are starting to improve by keeping the ball for longer periods of time and I guess taking our chances is a key thing.

"That will be the difference between winning and losing on the weekend."

While the result of the first grade fixture is vital, South Coast also need to pick up Club Championship points in the under 18s and 20s.

The club sits 11th in the championship on 92 points, three above St George and 19 shy of Marconi Stallions.

The Club Championship determines which side is relegated from the top division at the end of the season.