In-form sides clash on Bendigo's pitch

CLEARANCE: FC Bendigo coach Steve Martin will play a key role against Avondale Heights.
CLEARANCE: FC Bendigo coach Steve Martin will play a key role against Avondale Heights.

FC Bendigo will be aiming to extend its winning run when it takes on Avondale Heights in Saturday night's National Premier League Victoria division one soccer clash at the Tom Flood Sports Centre.

The match on Bendigo's pitch in Barnard Street will be the biggest in the club's short history.

FC Bendigo's quest for a fourth consecutive victory will be a tough one against the ladder-leading Avondale.

Last weekend's two-nil win against Sunshine George Cross lifted Bendigo to 10th on the ladder.

Avondale Heights is on an 11-game winning run.

FC Bendigo playing coach Steve Martin is well aware of the task the team faces.

"Every week is a big game for us as a new club, but this week is especially," Martin said.

“Avondale has done really well so far this season, so we will have to be up for it.

"Obviously the wins have given the boys a bit of confidence and belief, so if we take that into the game we will be every chance of getting a result."

A key to Bendigo's success is the form of homegrown stars Jono Ryan and Trent Waterson.

After struggling for game time early in the year, Ryan has scored a goal in each of the past three games.

Waterson was Bendigo's most consistent player in the first half of the year.

Powerful striker George Slefendorfas will miss again because of suspension.

Young full-back Finn Huzzey is a chance to return from injury.

The two clubs met in FC Bendigo's inaugural fixture in March. Avondale won 3-2.

Avondale's only loss this seaon was to Sunshine George Cross in round two.

Kick-off for the senior clash is at 6pm.

The under-20s match starts at 4pm.

FC Bendigo is hosting a business event in the Bendigo and District Cycling Clubrooms from 5pm.

Operations manager at FC Bendigo, Brock Rogers said the function was a chance for businesses and individuals to learn more about the club and ways to be involved as a supporter of FC Bendigo in the national premier league. 


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