No rush for DT8
Thomson easing his way back in to ACE action
ACE may have finished pointless in last weekend’s Premier League matches, but there were positives – such as the return of DT8.
Darren Thomson (DT) came off the bench, wearing 8 as usual, for the final 20 minutes of the ACE Reserves’ 2-0 defeat by Lions at Wolter Park.
The key midfielder, who has not played since the tail-end of last season due to injury, was immediately in the action - and impressed.
“I felt a bit sore afterwards, but not too bad,” said Thomson, “it’s mainly a lack of fitness. It’s very different playing a game to training - the movements, the twisting, turning, tackling. Everything.
“I’ve spoken to Pouria (ACE coach Pouria Nabi) and I may be involved in the cup game this week (at Springfield United). It will depend how the game’s going, then Saturday maybe more time with the reserves.”
ACE travel to Springfield tomorrow for a Westfield FFA Cup Third Round tie before facing Easts at Wolter Park on Saturday, 4.45pm kick-off. The reserves start at 2.30pm.
“I’m just trying to build things up again. Fitness-wise, it’s not there, but I don’t want to aggravate the injury,” said Thomson
“There have not been any expectations put on me about when I’d come back. I’m not rushing it. I want to get it right. Pouria’s been very good about it.”
Thomson was an interested spectator as the ACE Senior side pushed Lions so close in Saturday’s Flight Centre Premier League clash.
“I thought the boys did well against Lions, as ACE usually does against bigger teams at home,” said Thomson. “Lions had that quality and took their chances. We had chances as well, but the boys will learn from that.
“There is a belief this is a better squad than last season and we can make the top four.”
Flight Centre Premier League – Friday at Brendale: ACE U18 v Easts U18, 8.30pm; Saturday at Wolter Park: ACE Reserves v Easts Reserves 2.30pm; ACE v Easts 4.45pm