MELROSE is yet to decide what role game-breaker Kade Rixon will play in Sunday’s cut-throat semi with Wodonga Diamonds.
But coach and keeper Josh Fluss believes the game will be a goal fest.
“I don’t think we need to worry too much about how to break down their defence,” Fluss said.
“We will back ourselves to score two or three no matter who is defending.
“We both like to attack — both sides like to score, so we’re not thinking this is going to be a 0-0 draw.
“I’d imagine it will be a high-scoring game.”
At their last encounter in the final game of the home and away season, Diamonds were too good, winning 4-2 as both sides rested key players.
Diamonds playmaker Brett Delphin said he wasn’t reading too much into the heavyweight club’s last clash.
“You work hard all year to finish top and if you are in any of the other codes you get a week off or a double chance but there are no second chances here.
“We know that it is lose and you are out,” he said.
“But I wouldn’t read too much into the last game against Melrose.
“They had a couple of guys sitting down and we had a couple of guys sitting down as well.
“It wasn’t a dead game.
“You always go out there to win but both sides were pretty flat.
“But we were pretty lucky that their keeper was having a rough day.”
Delphin said they had one of the meanest defences in the league.
But even they would be tested by the speed and skill of last year’s cup finalists.
“From that team we played a couple of weeks ago they bring in Evan Rawluk and Sean Pye, and both of them are going to give you something extra,” he said.
“And if Kade Rixon is fit or comes off the bench then we need to be on top of that, too.
“A half-hour is all he needs to take a game apart.”
Fluss made light of both teams and supporters having to travel to Wangaratta for the semi-final.
“The surface isn’t great and you would get more people on the Border but both of us have to play on it, so there will be no excuses,” he said.