Historic night as FC Bendigo debuts on home soil

FC BENDIGO will play its first National Premier League game on home soil this Saturday night. 

The landmark game will see FC Bendigo take on the Moreland Zebras at the Tom Flood Sports Centre. 

Bendigo's young guns will kick-off first at 5pm in the under-20s clash, before the senior sides take to the pitch at 7pm. 

FC Bendigo coach Steve Martin said the team was looking to score its first win of the season in front of home fans. 

Last week FC Bendigo was beaten by the Whittlesea Ranges 2-1.

After leveling the game in the 89th minute on Sunday, Bendigo suffered a dramatic loss after Whittlesea scored in stoppage time. 

However, the under-20 team had a 5-2 victory.

In round one FC Bendigo lost to Avondale Heights 3-2.

FC Bendigo operations manager Brock Rogers said the club hoped there would be a good crowd at Tom Flood on Saturday. 

Captain and local player Trent Waterson will play, while Matt Breeze, striker George Slefendorfas and Ryan Davidson look set to impress the home crowd. 

“We’ve put the work in over the past seven or eight weeks in getting a side up and running," Rogers said. 

“It will be great to see the boys run out on Saturday night and hopefully, we can get a good crowd there supporting them."

Earlier this year Bendigo was granted one of 30 licences for the newly formed National Premier League. 

State sport and recreation minister Damian Drum said having a Bendigo team compete against Victoria's elite was huge. 

“Not only will it be a chance for all Bendigo sports fans to see elite soccer, the homegrown talent on show in the team will inspire young children to get involved in sport, and in turn build a more active Victoria," he said. 

"This weekend will be huge for sport in Bendigo with FC Bendigo making its home debut at Tom Flood."

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