WHAT a difference a year makes.
12 months ago Mandurah City ended their season just above the relegation zone in the WA State league.
A change of coach and a change of fortune has certainly followed ‑ plus the addition of some talented players.
On Saturday City will be looking to win the WA State League title with at least a point against third-placed Joondalup Utd at Hyundai stadium (kick-off 3pm).
City’s magnificent 4-2 away win at Ashfield last week has seen the club close in on their first championship since 2007 and coach Doug Hesketh wants to finish off with a home victory.
Hesketh gave his squad a few days off last week and he knows they will be fit and raring to go against a tough Joondalup side, capable of causing an upset.
Top scorer Jordan Rhodes will be wanting to add to his impressive goal tally (25 in all competitions) and skipper Andy Brown’s return to the club after a stint at Stirling Lions has been a revelation.
The club has organised a special day and is calling on all its members and supporters to turn out for this final home tie of 2015.
“It’s been an amazing year,” club president Pete Rowe said.
“Everything we asked of our coaching team has been delivered – in spades.
“The players have played some fantastic football, as good as any NPL side – and hopefully we can go an build on that.”
City have lost just one game this season, back in April in a first of the season home opener against South West Phoenix.
Since then they have scored over 100 goals and played an exciting brand of attacking football.
On Saturday Hesketh will be hoping to pick from a full squad but will run a check on fitness at training on Thursday evening.
“If you love football, then you will love the style we play,” Rowe said.
“Come on down on Saturday and see this great team in action. They won’t disappoint.”