Confederates have chance to lift against league leaders Bathurst City

AFTER two weeks watching his side go “back to their old ways”, Confederates coach Mark Pengilly is hoping there’s no time like the present.

Feds travel to Bathurst to take on the form side of the 2014 women’s Premier League Hockey season, Bathurst City.

With four crucial points on the line as the red and blues attempt to keep touch with the top five, Pengilly knows his girls have to lift.

“They’ve had a bit of pressure put on them and they’ve cracked,” he said looking back at his side’s last two games.

“But we’re remaining positive. I think it’s a mentality thing for the girls. We’ve spoken about it all at training and we’re confident we can get back to that form we showed at the start of the season.”

Perennial battlers since their return to the women’s PLH competition in 2012, Feds opened the season on a high courtesy of a 2-all draw with defending premiers Bathurst St Pat’s.

A gallant 2-1 loss to Lithgow Zig Zag wasn’t the end of the world, but consecutive 5-nil losses to both Lithgow Panthers and Parkes United to end the month sounded alarm bells in the Confederates camp.

Pengilly said the return of several senior  players will help get the team back on track.

“I’m hoping some of the senior girls in the team can step up and help lead the young girls we’ve got,” he said as Feds attempt to stop the rampant Bathurst City mid-field.

“We’ve got Sarah Kelly back and Teagan Carpini while Lucy Rheinberger returns from injury. 

“Having those girls back will definitely help.”

Confederates take on City from 12pm at Bathurst.

It’s the first game of the 2014 women’s PLH gala day, with Souths hosting Zig Zag and Lithgow Panthers playing Dubbo Blue Jays.

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