Invercargill showdown starts challenging four days for Southern United in national football league
The going is about to get even tougher for Southern United.
The Stirling Sports Premiership cellar dwellers not only face the defending champions Team Wellington on Sunday in Invercargill, but they will back it up next Wednesday against the powerful Auckland City FC combination at the opposite end of the country.
According to Invercargill-raised player Andrew Ridden, the southerners have been getting ready for the short turnaround and long travel distances due to a rescheduled game.
"Our training has been focussed on preparing for these upcoming fixtures, it will be a lot about getting good rest in-between as we have mid-week fixtures," he said.
"It is always the case for us down south, we seem to be travelling a lot around, but we will try our best to get used to the travelling and prepare ourselves as much as we can for those games."
While Southern United and Team Wellington sit at opposite ends of the table separated by 17 competition points, Ridden believes that they still have an excellent chance of success in a rare visit to Invercargill.
"They are a very strong outfit, but I think if you look at the results this season, we have a chance of getting a result against them," he said.
"Some of our results haven't reflected the way we have played, we have definitely been a lot closer than results suggest, but there have been some good performances in there."
The 22-year-old former Verdon College student is looking forward to returning to Rugby Park for the second time this season after a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat in November's round four clash against Auckland City FC.
"It is always good to return to Invercargill and play our games there, it is good for the region as well and get those other guys seeing our games," he said.
Entry is free to Sunday's game at Rugby Park.
At a glance
What: Southern United vs Team Wellington
When: Sunday 3pm
Where: Rugby Park, Invercargill