SYNTHETIC turf at Ballarat’s multi-million dollar soccer complex could prove integral in keeping Warrnambool’s dreams of finals alive.
The Jones Oval club is relishing the chance to battle Ballarat North United on synthetic turf at Morshead Park on Saturday.
Victory is necessary to keep Rangers’ finals dreams in-tact.
“We definitely take confidence going into a game at Morshead Park, because even if its wet and raining it’ll still be quite playable,” Pyke said.
“We’ve been training on a pretty waterlogged and soaked pitch at Jones Oval so anything we’ve been able to do on that, we should be able to do even better up there.
“We really jumped at the opportunity to play our football at Morshead because there’s every chance we’ll play there if we make finals.
“It’ll probably get us into the swing of things.”
Pyke expected new inclusions Josh Bourke and Corrie Shields to find more consistency in the clash.
“It puts more pressure on spots having guys like that at the club,” he said.
“Guys like Rob Andrews and Drew Garner have been pivotal players for us this season and to have them ready to go on the bench, it bodes well for us.
“We’ll get Corrie and Isaac Slater, our co-captain, back this week so that should provide a bit of a boost for us.”
The third-year mentor said three points was the club’s total focus.
“It doesn’t matter how we get them, but we really need three points to give ourselves a chance of finishing in the top four,” Pyke said.
“With the loss to Forest last week, Buninyong have leapfrogged us so every point is vital from here.”
The game will kick off at 3pm on Saturday.