Round 10 in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League’s senior championships will be played on Sunday.
In the division one action, Epsom hosts Spring Gully and Eaglehawk travel to Shadforth Park to take on Golden City.
Epsom will go into the clash with confidence up after a strong performance against the ladder-leading Strathdale last night.
Although the Scorpions were beaten in the battle for the Kevin Merchant Memorial Trophy they put the Blues under pressure.
Epsom went down 3-2 under lights on Saturday night, but the positive performance showed it can be competitive against any team in the championship race.
Spring Gully took maximum points last weekend when they defeated Colts United 2-1.
Goals to Joel Bish and Dennis Barnett ensured that Spring Gully continue to hold onto second place.
The last meeting between the two had Spring Gully coming out on top.
Josh Baum, Sam Walker and Jakob Van Dalen were on the scoresheet as Gully recorded a 4-0 win.
Epsom will need to bring the form of last round to this contest to be a chance of taking the points aginst the Reds.
Last-placed Golden City is finding points hard to come by and face another daunting task against Eaglehawk.
Although City’s opposition have been unable to keep clean sheets when they’ve come up against them, it’s their defence that seems to be having a hard time as they leak goals.
Eaglehawk is in form and eyeing a third consecutive victory.
The Hawks won 5-1 in their most recent meeting with Golden City.
In the women’s championship, Epsom will come up against Spring Gully in a clash between second and third place.
Both teams will be keen to hold on and cement their league position as the competition moves closer to the finals.
Second-placed Spring Gully featured in a scoreless clash on Colts United’s turf last round.
The Epsom Scorpions went down to Strathdale, 2-1.
In a clash between the bottom two, Golden City will host Eaglehawk at Shadforth Park in North Bendigo.
Both are locked on nine points and a win is vital for both teams if they are to have any chance of contesting the teams above them on the ladder.
Eaglehawk won 2-1 in last Sunday’s battle with Golden City on the Borough’s pitch at Truscott Reserve in California Gully.
City has to go back three rounds to mark its last win when a Carlee Frankel goal beat Epsom.
Sunday’s matches kick off at 11am.
Strathdale and Colts United have the bye in the division one and women’s championship matches.