Stellenbosch Football Club

Barker hoping to carry cup form into Richards Bay encounter

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Steve Barker is hoping to carry his side’s cup form into the league when Stellenbosch FC play host to Richards Bay on Tuesday evening.

The Danie Craven Stadium will be the setting for a DStv Premiership encounter between Stellenbosch FC and Richards Bay on Tuesday where the hosts will look to climb up the league standings with a victory against their opponents from Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Ticket and fixture information: Stellenbosch FC v Richards Bay

Stellies head into the match on the back of an impressive 2-0 Carling Knockout quarter-final win away to Polokwane City last Friday and coach Steve Barker reveals that his side aims to carry that cup form back home for their encounter against the Natal Rich Boyz.

“We have recently shown some good results and performances, two of them have been in the cup, and in our last league match we picked up a good victory against TS Galaxy so we have to build on that,” Barker said.

“I’ve always said that back-to-back wins are hard to come by but they are massive if you can get them. Our intention is to make Danie Craven Stadium a difficult place to come to, so it’s our responsibility to make sure we put in a big performance that can get us maximum points.

“There is no easy game in the PSL, we have to approach it with the right commitment, mentality, and focus, and be tactically disciplined and aware. They are a dangerous team and they have shown this season that they are not an easy opponent to play against.

“But, it’s a good opportunity for us to get points on the league table which is important for us. We want to be climbing up the log so it’s a massive opportunity for us to get three points and do just that.”

Stellenbosch FC’s last league match came more than a month ago when Barker’s side downed TS Galaxy 3-0 at home, and the coach believes there will be little trouble for his side to adapt following a prolonged run in the cup competitions.

“It has to be business as usual,” he added. “There are subtle differences, in a cup game there is a winner on the day and no second chances, but we have to approach our league matches with the same mentality in the league.

“We’ve got to make sure that when we get opportunities at home, that we put in the performances that warrant maximum points, but there’s a great deal of belief and confidence in the squad following the way we’ve performed of late.

“It’s just important that we maintain that consistency week in and week out, and match by match. If we can carry that confidence and belief into the league match against Richards Bay then I foresee that we will be able to put in a very big performance.

Kick-off for Tuesday’s encounter is scheduled for 19h30 and tickets can still be purchased for R50.00 from Pick n Pay and Webtickets outlets.

Carling Knockout draw: Stellies to play Richards Bay in semi-final clash

The fixture will also serve as a taste of things to come as the two sides will go head to head again on 2 December after being pitted against each other in Monday’s draw for the Carling Knockout semi-final.

That match will, however, be played in Kwa-Zulu Natal, with the final fixture details still to be confirmed.