Seasoned campaigner brings up 150-南京夜网
发布时间：2018-04-12 21:55 阅读 次
SPITFIRES veteran Ian Beath will become the third player in the history of the Albury-Wodonga club to play 150 State League games when the side play host to Springvale-Noble Park at home today.
Beath debuted as a 15-year-old for the club and follows in the footsteps of Michael Saddler (195 games) and Ben Martin (184).
The dependable centre-forward said it was an honour to bring the milestone up at home after a month on the road.
“It’s been a pretty big part of my life really,” Beath, 27, said yesterday.
“People don’t realize how tough it is on us really when we travel to Melbourne every second week and none of us get paid and most of the time we’re up and down in a day.
“We’ve had four weeks on the road and after this week I think we’ve got another three so, it makes it tough.”
Coach Dennis Martin, who is also Beath’s father-in-law, said his experienced campaigner was a credit to himself and continued to be a valued contributor.
He said Beath would be determined to put the team first to ensure a victory today.
“He’s always been a very skilful player and came up through the juniors as a member of Norths,” Martin said.
“It’s a very good effort by him and hopefully he’s got a long more in him yet.”
Martin said spectators would be assured of a high quality game despite the Spitfires going into the match as underdogs.
Springvale-Noble Park were promoted to State League 2 this year and have recruited a couple of players with State League 1 experience.
Spitfires have won two, drawn one and lost two but Martin said such was the evenness of the grade, the team was in fourth spot just one point behind its round six opponent and a win would see them take over third.
The Spitfires will be confident after scoring five goals last week and go into the game with the addition of Troy Shepherd to bolster the midfield.
In the women’s game at 3.30pm, the Strikers will hope to improve on their 1-1 draw last week when they take on Doncaster.
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