Two of the the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League’s premier clubs will go head-to-head tomorrow.
Epsom and Shepparton United are locked on 36 points in first and second places respectively, a country mile ahead of the chasing pack.
In the top-of-the-table clash in the women’s championship, United will travel to Epsom.
Rocky Papalia’s United side is fresh off the bye and has won seven straight games following a loss in round eight, while Epsom’s one and only defeat came at the hands of United.
The last time these two sides met in round six, United proved too strong and won 3-1.
Papalia’s charges led 3-0 thanks to goals from Sophie Papalia, Megan McFarland and Sarah Loverso, before Tara Thomas grabbed a late consolation for Epsom.
‘‘They have a few different players since then,’’ Papalia said.
‘‘In saying that, the result does give the girls confidence heading into the game.’’
Papalia’s side has only conceded four goals in 13 games, while Epsom is next best with 16.
Epsom has netted 83 goals this season, 16 more than United.
‘‘Don’t get me wrong, our defensive record is great, but our offence is just as good,’’ Papalia said.
‘‘We have four girls who have scored over 10 goals this season so I think that is a great effort.’’
Papalia knows the importance of mindset and going into the match with the right head space.
‘‘The girls need to go in and do what they have been doing, play a consistent brand, be switched on from the outset, and believe that they can win.’’
●Shepparton South will be aiming to get back to winning ways when it hosts Swan Hill.
Uwe Paffrath’s side’s last win came more than a month ago, with the side also having two byes in that period.
Three points are critical if the side aims to stay within touch of a finals spot.
South should be confident heading into tomorrow’s clash, with Swan Hill only having registered two wins this season.
Paffrath’s charges prevailed 4-1 the last time these two sides met, when Alicia Laffy and Jasmine Vukcevic were the goal scorers.