Western NSW Mariners FC men and women looking for win at Bathurst this weekend

Proctor Park will host both men and women Western NSW Mariners FC sides, as both teams look to bounce back from defeats last weekend.

The men side welcome a Hawkesbury City FC side that is in strong form.

Hawkesbury sit fifth on the ladder and their Uruguayan import Santiago Pallares Palomeque has scored 17 goals in just 16 games.

Western NSW Mariners FC women's Teegan Courtney

Western NSW Mariners FC women's Teegan Courtney

Mariners skipped Adam Scimone is weary of the task at hand, with his side coming off a disastrous 9-1 loss to competition leaders Fraser Park FC.

“The boys will pick up the pieces and [Hawkesbury] are always a battle. They’re a physical side but beatable,” he said.

“We’ll play our game plan and try and get the points. We’re staring down the barrel of relegation and we don’t want to get caught in a relegation battle.

“We need to be more compact and be quicker in transition.

“[Hawkesbury] are easy to read. They’ve got four big fullbacks who kick it straight up to their forwards. We’ll try to expose them from the midfield and we can’t give away any free-kicks. 

“With the game being at home, we’ve got to be better all over the mark. It’s definitely a winnable game.”

Mariners have not beaten Hawkesbury since 2015 and have lost their past four games against their Western Sydney opposition.

They last beat Hawkesbury at home in 2014, walking away with a 2-1 at Wade Park. 

Kick-off is at 4pm, on Saturday. 

Mariners women will be looking to get their season back on track, after slumping to a 2-0 home lose to University of NSW at Mudgee’s Glen Willow.

Competition leaders APIA Leichhardt Tigers will travel west to Bathurst on Sunday afternoon, looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season to St George FC the previous weekend.

Mariners skipper Teegan Courtney is weary of the task on hand. 

“They’re coming off a loss and they’ll be raring to go,” she said.

“We’ll need to be clinical against them. It’s a game we know we can win.”

Mariners went through their game against University of NSW without picking up any injuries, so the same team is expected to run onto the Proctor Park surface against Tigers.

Mariners currently sit fourth and could jump to third if they win, depending on other results.

A loss could see the Mariners fall down to third, depending on other results.

Kick-off is at 3pm, on Sunday afternoon.

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