FC Bendigo will be aiming for back-to-back NPL Victoria victories on Saturday night when it takes on Dandenong City at the Tom Flood Sports Centre.
Last week’s historic 3-2 triumph over a highly-fancied North Geelong team was the first in the club’s short history. The success could mark the start of a massive week for the fledgling club.
Coach Steve Martin was delighted his charges were able to taste victory for the first time:
“Last week was a big moment for the club,'' Martin said.
“With all the hard work that has taken place on and off the park, it is very rewarding for the boys to close out a game and get a win.”
The win lifted Bendigo off the bottom of the table, into 13th place.
A win this weekend could see the club climb as high as eighth.
Despite the triumph, Martin was quick to note that his side would not be resting on its laurels in the coming weeks.
“Last week was hopefully only a stepping stone for what is to come,'' he said.
“The performance against North Geelong is what we’ll be demanding every week.
"It can be hard to get that winning feeling so once you get it, you certainly don’t want to lose it.”
English midfielder Matthew Breeze netted a brace in the victory, and will be crucial to Bendigo’s fortunes again this week.
Former New Zealand top flight Golden Boot winner George Slefendorfas also scored against North Geelong.
The strike was his first for the club and FC Bendigo fans will be hoping the marksman can net a few more in the coming weeks.
The side will also be looking for an improved defensive performance, having failed to register a clean sheet in any of the first six games of the season.
After suffering a 3-1 defeat to Kingston City last week, Dandenong City sits in ninth position on the NPL 1 table.
A victory on Saturday night for FC Bendigo would give the club its first victory in front on home turf.
FC Bendigo is calling on the Bendigo public to get to the ground and support the side in what promises to be a huge night for Bendigo football.
The match kicks off from 7pm at the Tom Flood Sports Centre.
Bendigo’s young guns will be in action from 5pm in the under-20 match.