THE two heavyweights of South West football, Westerns and Heywood, are set to go head-to-head tomorrow.
“It’s our next challenge, as we said last week; we’ve got a tough four weeks coming up with Dartmoor, Heywood, Sandford and Tyrendarra,” Westerns’ coach Adam Hawke said.
“We’ve got over one week, and now we’re concentrating on this week against Heywood, who have obviously played very well last week against Tyrendarra.
“Shane Keegan said in the paper (Monday’s Portland Observer) that he thought it was the best they’ve played this year, so they’re in good form.
“It’s going to be a real contest for us; we’ll have to play at our best to have any chance to win the game.”
The side’s strong midfields will be pitted against each other.
“I suppose both sides’ strength is their midfield; both have got good forward lines but the midfield is the real strength for both sides … it’s where the game will be won or lost,” Hawke said.
Westerns will have to contend with the likes of James and Winis Imbi, Ben Nash, Stephen O’Brien, Jason Saunders and Jordan Vaughn in the midfield.
“They’re quality midfielders and if you let them have plenty of space and run free they’ll really hurt you because they’re skill level will put it into their forwards and before you know it you’ll be behind on the scoreboard and really struggling.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.