Gold Coast Knights finally resume their 2020 NPL Queensland campaign on Wednesday night with a top of the table clash against Lions FC at Lions Stadium (8pm KO).
The sides currently sit level at the summit of the NPL Queensland standings with 13 points each, having both played five matches so far.
Wednesday’s match sees the Knights play their first competitive match since the league was brought to a grinding halt as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The match which sees last year’s Champions & Premiers face off, also pits the leagues highest scoring attack in Lions, who have found the back of the net 23 times this season against the competitions stingiest defence with Knights having conceded a mere three goals in 2020.
Wednesday’s clash will be the third NPL Queensland meeting between the sides with Knights and Lions taking a win apiece from their two match ups last season.
Gold Coast Knights Head Coach, Grae Piddick said Wednesday’s match would provide the perfect measure as to where his side is at coming back into competition.
“It’ll be a great test and an opportunity to see where we’re at, we’re all in a situation that’s never happened before coming into this one.” Piddick said.
“Lions are a great side, they’re two-time defending Premiers and have been the best team in the competition over the last few years. We know we’ll have to be at our best and any mistakes will be punished. It’s up to us to match them and get on top on Wednesday night.
“The boys are really excited to get back into it, the mood is really positive right now. We had a good session last night and we’re ready to go against Lions on Wednesday.”
Knights are bolstered by new signings Jean Carlos Solorzano and Blake Thompson who have arrived from Brisbane City and Mount Druitt Town Rangers respectively ahead of the season re-start.
Piddick said the duo, who come in to replace the departed Matt Henvey and Guilherme De Souza would add further strength to the defending NPL Queensland Champions squad.
“Blake and Nico (Solorzano) have provide us more quality and have impressed so far, they’re both in line to play a part on Wednesday,” Piddick said.
“For Nico as well as Jheison (Macuace), they’ve spent time at Lions and been a big part of the club’s success. Playing against your old club is always a special occasion and one you want to excel in.”
A win in Wednesday’s match will send Knights into outright first position on the NPL Queensland ladder.
NPL Queensland 2020: Round 21 – Lions FC v Gold Coast Knights
Lions Stadium, Richlands
Wednesday, 29 July, (8pm KO)