The stage is set for the biggest clash of the season so far as Bathurst Premier League’s two standout teams do battle in the final round of the regular season with the minor premiership on the line.
CSUFC’s First Grade White have enjoyed yet another stellar season and maintain high hopes of securing back to back titles following their first triumph in 17 years last season.
Their biggest rivals to repeated glory come in the form of a fancied Panorama Red outfit, who have been beaten on just two occasions this season and remain intent on crashing the students’ party.
The status and importance of this clash have prompted the Bathurst District Football Association to reopen field one at Proctor Park and should see a huge crowd form to witness these two fierce rivals battle it out for supremacy. Additionally, the bar will be open.
The last time these sides met it was CSUFC who walked away victorious, as a late Ben Green goal handed the Stags a narrow 2-1 victory.
RE-LIVE: Ben Green scored the winner the last time these two sides met.
However, the students will be without Green as well as a number of other key players through university commitments and injury clouds as they line up in what shapes as undoubtedly their biggest match of the campaign so far.
Striker Jimmy Shaw has been ruled out for the remainder of the season following a serious ACL injury, while defender Callum Cauduro remains sidelined with a broken foot.
Stags Coach Cal Williams believes the eventual winner of this huge clash will head into the finals as title favourites.
“The last game against Panorama Red was a tough one and we only just scraped through 2-1, and with plenty of injuries and players missing this Wednesday will be even tougher.”
“We’ve changed the formation a bit and have had a big chat to the lads about how important this game is going into the semis full of confidence. I feel the winner of this game will be the favourite for the grand final win. Even without some of our big names, I’m backing the boys to get out there and get the job done.”
“We’re keen for the challenge and hopefully we can come out on top this Wednesday night.”
Regardless of the result, this clash will no doubt be a delight for spectators with Bathurst’s finest footballers taking to the park to show what they can do.
If you’re still in Bathurst, make sure to get down to Proctor and support the boys!