The Central Coast Mariners have added some fire to their Hyundai A-League preparations by locking in a pre-season clash with the Western Sydney Wanderers to be played in Coffs Harbour on Friday August 7.
Both sides will hit the pitch as a part of Hyundai A-League pre-season but the clash will also serve as a measure for both clubs’ Westfield FFA Cup round of 32 fixtures, scheduled to take place just days later on Tuesday August 11.
The trip to NSW’s Mid North Coast is the second pre-season announcement for the Mariners, with the Yellow & Navy having already confirmed two matches in Canberra on August 18 and 20.
Tony Walmsley is relishing a match against Western Sydney that wasn’t originally in the Mariners’ pre-season plans.
“It’s important to play Hyundai A-League oppositions in the pre-season,” Walmsley said. “It’s so close to our FFA Cup game and we needed to weigh up if playing close games in such a close proximity was the way to go but the state of the squad and condition they’ve come back in, gives us a good opportunity to provide our whole squad with time on the park.
“This game was offered to us at short notice, we’ve taken advantage of it and we look forward to taking on the Wanderers in Coffs Harbour,” he said.
The Central Coast Mariners are set to announce further pre-season fixtures as soon as details have been finalised.
Ticketing details for the Coffs Harbour match against Western Sydney Wanderers will be made available in due course.
CURRENT PRE-SEASON MATCH SCHEDULE:
- Friday August 7: Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners at Coffs International Stadium - 7:00pm
FFA Cup (Central Coast Stadium)
- Tuesday August 11: Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix at Central Coast Stadium - 7:30pm
- Tuesday August 18: Central Coast Mariners v Canberra Olympic at Woden Park - 6:00pm
- Thursday August 20: Central Coast Mariners v Gungahlin United at Gungahlin Enclosed - kick off TBC