Stakes high for South

September 09, 2017

It is a simple equation for Shepparton South, one the players are well aware of.

Tomorrow, the side can wrap up the championship by defeating second-placed Eaglehawk in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League.

South is one point ahead of Eaglehawk, which has a game in hand, and in its inaugural season in the competition co-coach, Joel Aitken has intentions of claiming more silverware for the club.

‘‘It is a huge game, we are pumped and we are looking to create history,’’ Aitken said.

‘‘We know what is at stake and the task ahead and we have had a good week on the track and there would be no better way than to claim the championship on their back yard.’’

Ironically, South’s last defeat was a 3-2 loss to tomorrow’s opponent, but the side has since gone on to jump Eaglehawk on the table, winning nine games on the trot.

‘‘We haven’t lost since then so we did take a bit out of that game, it held us in good stead,’’ Aitken said.

‘‘Our confidence is sky high at the minute, we have come from behind, we are placed in a good position and we will treat this game like a final.’’

Jesse Brun and Anthony Colandro will return this week with the duo having served suspensions and Aitken is confident, with a near full strength squad, his side can get the job done away from home.

‘‘Toby Ferguson pulled up sore last week with a tight hamstring so he is the only one in doubt at the minute,’’ Aitken said.

‘‘But in saying that, we have the depth and the boys will go out to enjoy the occasion, play how we normally play and to be honest, the pressure is on them.

‘‘They were on top for a long time, they have faulted and we have been able to capitalise.’’

Aitken leads the goalscoring at South with 36 in 19 matches, while Sean Grant and Ferguson have 17, with the returning Brun languishing in the quartet with 13 goals in 15 games.

‘‘It is a strong avenue for us, we are always confident we can score goals,’’ Aitken said.

‘‘If one doesn’t step up usually someone else does and I think that is the sign of a good offensive team, we are able to work for each other.’’

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