The Jets youth team take on Lake Macquarie City FC in Round 9 of the NBN State League at Macquarie Field on Saturday.
The Newcastle Jets youth team take on Lake Macquarie City FC in Round 9 of the NBN State League at Macquarie Field on Saturday.
The Jets will head into the match with confidence after defeating Charlestown City Blues 4-1 at Lisle Carr Oval last weekend.
“I think the most pleasing thing about the win over Charlestown is that it gave the boys a lot of confidence in what they have been working on,” coach Craig Deans said.
“The weeks leading up to that were maybe a bit tough for them because results weren-t going their way, even though they were playing well.
“For them to score four goals is good for their confidence.”
Deans said it was important the Jets youth squad developed a winning mentality and ruthless streak to help them close out games.
“It-s hugely important that they get some success. They work hard at training three or four days a week,” Deans said.
“Winning games gives them the belief that they-re on the right track with the things we-ve been working on.
“Learning to win and developing that winning mentality is obviously a very important part of football, so having some success on the weekend gives them a nice sense of achievement.”
The Jets are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season against bottom-placed Lake Macquarie City FC.
However, Deans said the Jets would not be taking their opposition lightly on Saturday.
“They-re at the bottom of the table and I-m sure they-ll be looking to move up as quickly as they can,” Deans said.
“They probably look at us as a team they can catch on the ladder, so it-s important we don-t give them a sniff.
“There-s no doubt they-ll be very motivated to put in a good performance against us on Saturday, so we-re going to have to match that level of commitment and desire.”