Bathurst City will be without four of its backline, when the club travels east to play last placed Lithgow Zig Zag on Saturday.
Andrea Seymour, Brooke McFadden, Sarah McCusker and Hannah Evans will all be absent, but assistant coach Phil Baker is confident the girls can get the job done in their women’s Premier League Hockey match.
“We’ll be a bit under strength. We’ll have to move a few back into defence,” he said.
“Lisa [Quinn, Bathurst City coach] is still confident. It’ll still be hard work, but that’s how the game goes.”
City are coming off a top-of-the-table match against Lithgow Panthers, on the previous weekend, with the score finishing 3-all.
Baker said the team has been busy in training this week, working on some of skills that let them down against Panthers.
“We’ve been working on taking our opportunities. We were under pressure to win the game last week,” he said.
“We also need to work on our normal structure. We’ve not been converting enough penalty corners.
“Other than that, we need to be careful of Zig Zag. We don’t want to be playing catch up.”
While both teams are on opposite ends of the ladder – City in first and Zig Zag in last – the visitors will be treating their opponents with respect.
“We need to treat all teams the same,” Baker said.
Game starts at 2.40pm at the Lithgow Hockey Complex.