NEW signing Josh Masters believes ACE has an opportunity to ‘make a statement’ to the Premier League in tomorrow’s blockbuster at Bayside.
The Lota-based club is three points and two places behind ladder leaders ACE – but has two matches in hand.
Victory would pull Bayside level. Defeat would see reigning champions ACE double their advantage over their opponents.
“Being mid-season I’m not sure this is a six pointer,” said Masters, who joined from local rivals North Pine.
“But beating a team like that would make a statement. Bayside has one of the best win ratios, at the moment and going to Lota is always hard.”
Masters, who prefers to play “anywhere in midfield”, was in the North Pine side beaten 5-0 by Bayside earlier this season.
“I didn’t think we were outplayed,” said the former Peninsula Power and North Star player, “I thought we gave them sloppy goals.
“Bayside are a very fit, well-organised team, but a few weeks ago they had a run with a few draws and a defeat.
“ACE dig deep and are good enough to get the job done. They never give up. It will be a good game.”
Masters, who made his ACE debut in the 1-0 win at Caboolture, said he moved to enjoy his football and has been impressed by what he has seen.
“From the first session the boys have been welcoming,” he said, “the culture in the squad seems really good.
“In this team, everyone seems to have bonded really well – and they are a talented bunch of boys.”