WIll Stawell make it win number two?

STAWELL Westlift Warriors will look to get their Wimmera Football League season back on track when they take on a winless Nhill tomorrow.

Shane Field will be an important player once again for Stawell in their clash against Nhill tomorrow at Nhill.

Shane Field will be an important player once again for Stawell in their clash against Nhill tomorrow at Nhill.

Warriors and Nhill have struggled through the early part of the season with Warriors recording just one win over Nhill in round three, and Nhill still on the hunt for their first victory.

Coach Brad Cassidy has put an emphasis on this round as the most important for the remainder of the season and said for both clubs it will be finals like.

"Look I hope we can win it," Cassidy said.

"If we put four quarters together we should be right, but you just never know. They will be fired up trying to get their first win, so we can't afford to shy away from it."

Although the trip to Nhill is a long one for any club especially Stawell and Ararat, Cassidy is looking forward to it and so are his players.

"I think it is really good we go down on the bus and all turn up together," Cassidy said.

"It's a tough road trip for everyone, but their ground is fairly big, so hopefully our forwards can find some space."

In last weekend's loss to Ararat, Stawell's forward line was often crowded which allowed Ararat's defence to spread and get numbers to each contest.

If Warriors are to improve on their one and eight record the space in their forward line is something that they will have to adjust.

"We have certainly spoken about the forward line and the structure already, and it will be addressed again before the game," Cassidy said.

"We just need to spread a bit more so we have one on ones around the ground rather than packs all the time."

Shane Field was one player to benefit from the space in the final quarter against Ararat, taking two strong marks and converting on both occasions.

A physical encounter against Ararat has left Stawell with some sore bodies that may or may not get up for tomorrow's match.

Toby Reid won't play after suffering a medial strain to his knee, while Jesse Eckel pulled up tender in his shoulder and will also have a week on the sidelines.

Aidan Potter, who has been one of Stawell's better players for the season, will be in doubt after his knee has responded poorly after Sunday's game.

A decision on Potter's fitness will be made closer to the game.

Tom Eckel, David Morris, Andrew Cameron and Angus Barham will all return to the senior line up, while young Mitch Collins will play his first senior game.

Cassidy said Collins is ready to make his senior debut after playing well in the juniors.

Matt Austin's return to football went as well as expected as he joined his North Ballarat Roosters teammates back on the track on Monday and Wednesday night.

Austin will have a light run around in Ballarat again tonight before a final decision is made as to whether he makes the trip to Nhill for tomorrow's game or plays in the VFL.

"I have no doubt if we all turn up with four quarters of sustained effort, we will get the result," Cassidy said.

"It's a crunch game and at the end of the day we want to get back to winning form. "


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