City FC coach keeping the faith that a win is around the corner

BENDIGO City FC coach Heath Trathen is keeping the faith that a win is within his group this season if it can minimise its lapses within games.

Heath Trathen

Heath Trathen

City FC has played 22 games in its NPL division two season for a record of one draw and 21 losses.

Time is running out for the senior side to break its 2017 duck with only six games left in the season.

The side has shown better attacking signs over the past two months.

Of the 12 goals City FC has kicked this year, nine have come in their past nine games after they scored just three in their first 13.

City FC returns to its home ground at Epsom-Huntly Recreation Reserve to take on Werribee City on Saturday.

“We’re still very confident as a group of getting a win,” Trathen said on Friday.

“Last week (3-1 loss to Springvale) we probably had our best game of the season. We got ourselves in front, but panicked a bit and then got ourselves behind again.

“With such a young side, we have lapses in games, but we’re finding now that those lapses are becoming shorter in games.

Bendigo City FC's 2017 season results

Bendigo City FC's 2017 season results

“Last week it was probably only a lapse of five to 10 minutes that we had, whereas there has been other games where we’ve been going to sleep for about half an hour.

“We’ve been building and I believe the play that we’re exhibiting now is quite an attractive brand, but we’re just finding it really hard to have that consistency for 90 minutes.”

Saturday’s game features the bottom two sides on the NPL division two west ladder, with Werribee City (7-4-11) one rung ahead of Bendigo City FC, albeit 24 points clear.

When they met earlier in the season Werribee City won 2-0.

Saturday’s senior game kicks off at 5pm.

• Bendigo City FC goalkickers this season:

3 – Anthony Marafioti.

2 – Lachlan Beever, Asa Kryst.

1 – Scott Dunn, Daniel Purdy, Charlie McCormick, Kevin Walker, Mun Bichiok.