Crucial clash at Wembley

FC Bendigo will be chasing a third successive victory when it tackles Box Hill United at Wembley Park on Sunday afternoon.

DEFENCE: FC Bendigo coach Steve Martin heads the ball against Dandenong. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

DEFENCE: FC Bendigo coach Steve Martin heads the ball against Dandenong. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

The newly formed club defeated Dandenong City 4-2 last weekend, backing up its inaugural victory against North Geelong the week before in the National Premier League Victoria division one championship.

The victory was the club’s first in front of their home fans, and was the culmination of months of hard work on and off the pitch.

A win at Wembley could lift Bendigo from ninth to seventh.

Box Hill United is third in the title race, but winless in its past three.

Key to Bendigo’s play will be English midfielder Matthew Breeze and striker George Slefendorfas who has netted a goal in each of the past two games. 

Despite the two wins, Bendigo is yet to notch a clean sheet in seven rounds.

Bendigo playing coach Steve Martin will be keen to see a stronger defensive effort, especially against Kenny Athiu and Rinor Muriqi. The pair have scored a combined total of 10 goals this season.

Play on Sunday kicks off at 12.45pm when the under-20s do battle. The main game starts at 3.15pm.

FC Bendigo is at home against Springvale White Eagles on May 24 at Tom Flood Sports Centre.

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