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Leech’s back in red

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August 05, 2017

Leech is back: Former Goulburn Valley Suns' left-back Thomas Leech has re-signed with Tatura.

With just six games to go, Tatura must win keep its Bendigo Amateur Soccer League finals aspirations alive.

The Ibises sit sixth, eight points behind Strathdale which holds the last finals spot.

Brent Mathers’ side has not been in the best of form of late, but can turn it around and start charging towards finals tomorrow with the addition of Goulburn Valley Suns left-back Thomas Leech.

The Ibises host Golden City and Mathers is looking forward to getting back to winning ways and seeing Leech in a red jersey again.

‘‘He trained with us on Wednesday night and he has added a little bit of a new lease on life, we are excited to have him and I think he will really complement our side,’’ Mathers said.

‘‘He has come back at a good time and in a match where we need to bounce back after last weekend’s result.’’

The Ibises have lost three of the past four games, with the only win coming against Spring Gully United.

Mathers has seen his side concede 14 goals against Shepparton South, Epsom and Shepparton in the losses, an area where the side needs to improve.

‘‘In order for us to become a better side we need to fix our mistakes at the back,’’ Mathers said.

‘‘We have copped too many goals and it is something we have been working on in training and it is something that we will continue to work on.’’

Offensively, the host has overcome an early-season slump in front of goals, netting 12 goals in four matches.

‘‘I think that comes down to our formation a little bit, at the start we were playing with four at the back but now we have adjusted that,’’ Mathers said.

‘‘By having a back three it gives us an extra man in the midfield and I think that has enabled us to create a bit more going forward.’’

Tariq Nikoi-Kotey (11) and Tristan Zito (11) have scored the bulk of the Ibises’ goals this season, with the duo combining for more than half of the 42 goals this season.

‘‘Tariq is a proven goal scorer, he always finds himself in the right place at the right time and I think he just needs to bury a few more chances,’’ Mathers said.

‘‘Tristan scores goals as well, he sits behind the striker, creates chances and finds the back of the net, but it would be great to find a few more avenues.’’

City will be desperate for a win in order to also keep finals aspirations alive.

City has only won the four games this season, but is still a mathematical chance to make the finals.

The visitors have only registered one win in the past five weeks, against the competition’s cellar dwellers Colts United.

United has the the BASL’s third-worst defensive record, having conceded 52 goals in 15 games, 24 more than Mathers’ charges.

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