A broken ankle was not the best start to the season for Tara Andrews but the Newcastle Jets striker plans to finish it in strong fashion with three points Saturday night.
The Jets close their 2018-19 season against Western Sydney at No.2 Sportsground and the 24-year-old hopes another vocal home crowd will turn out after 1876 watched them beat Perth 3-1 there on January 12.
The outcome of the match has no bearing on the finals with neither side able to make the top four. But there is plenty of pride at stake and Andrews, who missed five games through injury, was confident the Jets could back up last round’s 2-1 win over Adelaide.
“We want to end on a high and get ready for next season,” Andrews said.
“Losing the players we did through injury this season was pretty tough for us, so for us to come through that and win two out the last three and hopefully this next one will put us in good stead for next year.”
The last-placed Wanderers have won just one game this season. The Jets, seventh, have won four and could finish the season just three points off the top four.
“We can’t underestimate them,” Andrews said. “It’s their last game and they also want to win and they’re not a bad team at all, so we have to play well to beat them,” Andrews said.
The match kicks off at 7.30pm. Gema Simon and Cortnee Vine will come back into calculations for the game after they missed the trip to Adelaide through injury and illness respectively.
The Jets have lost United States imports Taylor Smith and Katie Stengel as well as Matildas pair Emily van Egmond and Larissa Crummer to season-ending injuries this season.
Crummer sustained a broken leg against Adelaide last round.