CHALLENGE: Brothers Aston Villa's Kyle Taylor and The Waves Mitchel Aslett go for the ball in the FFA Cup.
CHALLENGE: Brothers Aston Villa's Kyle Taylor and The Waves Mitchel Aslett go for the ball in the FFA Cup. Paul Donaldson BUN180317FOOT3

Rivals are ready for the challenge

FOOTBALL: Brothers Aston Villa insist their focus is on The Waves this week despite having one eye on the FFA Cup the following week.

The two rivals will tonight face each other for the second time this year and first in the Wide Bay League.

But it's hard for Villa not to think ahead.

They will take on Caloundra next week in the FFA Cup at Brothers with the winner one game away from potentially facing an A-League side.

But Villa coach Glen Sparozvich said they must focus on this week first.

"We've briefly talked about it but Thursday night's training session was focused on The Waves,” he said.

"We need to take the points tonight to not fall behind the pack.”

They face a side who could move six points clear of Villa with a win tonight.

That could extend to nine with Villa not playing in the league next week with the FFA Cup.

"Ladder pressure could become huge for us against other sides,” Sparozvich said.

"We may have beaten them in the FFA Cup earlier but this is a different competition and a different side.

"We need to stop their front two distribution and focus on our defence.”

The Waves coach Jason De Papi said this was one of the side's more important matches of the season for the side and a win could set them up perfectly for the rest of the year in the competition.

The two sides will battle tonight at 6pm at Martens Oval.



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