Adamstown coach Ryan Campbell could be forced to tinker with his backline for their clash with Newcastle Herald Women's Premier League heavyweights Broadmeadow at Magic Park on Friday night.
Rosebud centre-back Charli O'Connor is nursing a foot complaint while left-back Leia Puxty has been in camp in Sydney with the Young Matildas all week and is not expected back in Newcastle until Friday afternoon.
"We have enough depth where if one player doesn't play we're not completely thrown out but I am more worried about our depth defensively than I am attacking wise," Campbell said.
"Clare Hughes has been playing well in reserve grade and I wouldn't have any problem putting her in if Charli can't play. If Puxty doesn't get through the week unscathed in Sydney then it could be a double whammy because you're having to replace two of them at once.
"Charli came in midseason last year and basically hasn't missed a game since and Puxty maybe missed one game last year. Hopefully they're both available, but at least one of them."
Rosebud are coming off a confidence-boosting, come-from-behind 3-2 win over rival top-four hopefuls Charlestown Azzurri but will need to take their game to the next level to get a result against Magic.
"I think they're all confident and pretty happy after the win we got on Sunday and I think the girls believe they can win the game," Campbell said.
"But if we want to win we have to play as well as we can play and probably also hope that someone like [goalkeeper] Alison Logue doesn't have her best game. Because if she plays well, even if we play well we might not do enough to score because she's a matchwinner for them."
Broadmeadow have sustained only one loss this season - to competition leaders Newcastle Olympic - to be second with 28 points heading into round 12. Adamstown are fifth on 16 points, two adrift of fourth-placed Maitland (18) and four ahead of Azzurri (12) in sixth.
Magic were 1-0 winners when they met in round four. Rosebud played the last 25 minutes with 10 players after goalkeeper Olivia Sneddon was red-carded for a foul on striker Ash Brodigan.
Campbell said taking goalscoring opportunities when they came would be crucial.
"We've shown in the past few weeks that we are able to score goals," Campbell said. "We create enough chances to score but I think it's different when you play Broadmeadow because they're probably not going to give us as many chances as what the teams that we've been playing lately have.
"So even though we've been scoring goals, we've been pretty loose with our finishing in regards to taking our chances in the last few weeks. It's just been that we've had enough chances overall that eventually we've scored. Last week we had a lot of chances that we didn't take and we had to fight to get a result in the end in a game we probably should've been comfortable in."
Broadmeadow coach Jake Curley expected to have everyone available apart from wide player Erin Wilson and wanted to see improved finishing and execution across the park from his charges.
"Adamstown are very competitive and they have a lot of energy, and they just keep going, so I think that's an area last time that we probably didn't match from the start of the game," Curley said. "We created a fair few chances as well but we just didn't finish.
"In the first half against New Lambton last week, we had 175 touches and we turned the ball over 68 times, so that's almost 40 per cent, and that's way too many turnovers for us."
The game is at 8pm.
Olympic play Maitland on Saturday. On Sunday, New Lambton host Mid Coast and Warners Bay battle Azzurri.
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