A GRUELLING week for FC Bendigo rolls on when it takes to the Epsom pitch for Saturday night's National Premier League Victoria division one match against Bulleen Lions.
It will be Bendigo's third match in seven days and second on home turf.
A highlight of the week was the club's clash with Melbourne City at Epsom last Tuesday night.
Despite a 4-0 loss to the A-League club, FC Bendigo coach Steve Martin said there was a lot to be gained from the experience against a skilful City line-up.
The battle with Bulleen will be another big test for Bendigo's defence and midfield on the rebound from a 2-0 loss in last weekend's catch-up round match at Moreland.
Keys to Bendigo's chances against the Lions will be captain Trent Waterson, the classy Matt Breeze, playing coach Steve Martin and goalkeeper Seb Mattei.
The Lions have racked 11 wins, five draws and six losses to be fourth in the championship race.
FC Bendigo will be determined to improve on its 12th place and record of five wins, four draws and 13 defeats.
When these clubs last met, Bulleen Lions roared to a 3-1 victory after both teams were goalless in the first half at Veneto Club.
The sole goalscorer for FC Bendigo was George Slefendorfas, who missed both of the club's clashes with Moreland and Melbourne City because of international duty with Papua New Guinea.
Saturday's action at Epsom-Huntly Reserve kicks off at 4pm when the under-20s take to the pitch.