Wolves confident but wary of Ashburton fightback


Western Wolves manager Omar Chendeb says that he is confident that his side will be able to complete the job against Ashburton, but is wary that the under-pressure Ashburton will come out fighting in their second round promotion/relegation battle this Friday.

The Wolves defeated a out-of-sorts Ashburton 7-3 in the first leg at Brunswick, giving the ‘Warriors’ a very real possibility of relegation.

This Friday’s re-match at Thomastown will see the Wolves start with a four-goal advantage, however, Chendeb is cautious about an Ashburton fightback.

“It’s a very handy lead to go into the second leg, but straight after the first leg win, I instructed the boys that we go into second leg with a mind set that we start from 0-0,” Chendeb told SeriesFutsal.com.

“I’m very confident with my players and there capabilities.

“We’ve spoken about the throw ins and how Ashburton use them so we are well aware of how dangerous they are.

“So we do have a plan to conquer the air balls.”

If the Wolves can hold out Ashburton and secure a place in Series Futsal Victoria, Chendeb says that his team should adjust quickly to the top league.

“I’m very confident with the boys I’m with. I’m sure if we get promoted we will adjust after a few games,” he said.

“The intensity is much higher but we were the only team to beat Carlton last year and to see Carlton recently do well in the Fustal Oz Cup gives us great confidence.

“Our main aim if we get promoted is too remain competitive and finish outside the relegation zone – I don’t want to end up like Collingwood.

“And I’m very confident with the boys we have we are capable of beating any team in SFV.”

The other relegation/promotion battle on Friday will see Metropolitan hold a one goal lead over Mickleham FC. This game will be held at 7:30pm, followed by the Western Wolves/Ashburton clash.