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Suns look to rise at home

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March 03, 2018

The Goulburn Valley Suns return home tonight looking to piece together an all-round performance and win its first match of the year.

Positive signs are there for the Suns, despite a 2-1 loss and a 0-0 draw in the National Premier League Two.

But with only one point from the contests when six seemed a realistic outcome, the time is now to start taking maximum points and pushing up the table.

Hosting Nunawading City tonight, before away trips to Eastern Lions and Melbourne City, coach Craig Carley said finding winning form was a must.

‘‘We’re satisfied with how we’ve started performance-wise but we need to tighten some things up, make some tweaks and really start to dictate games,’’ he said.

‘‘Our next three games are all winnable and we’re aiming to take maximum points from them all.

‘‘If we can do that, 10 points out of 15 on offer won’t look too bad.’’

Nunawading will not be a pushover, making an off-season splash by bringing in former A-League talents Tahj Minniecon and Massimo Murdocca and former Perth Glory youngster Borbor Sam.

Minniecon will not play in the Suns’ game, out with a broken foot, but the quality additions are a sign of City’s ambition for the season.

After a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Melbourne City in round one, it bounced back last weekend against Box Hill United, scoring three goals in seven minutes to turn a 0-1 scoreline into a 3-1 win.

‘‘They’ve certainly picked things up this season, they’re a good football side as they always have been,’’ Carley said.

‘‘They’ve got some quality ex A-League players and are a very good side that likes to attack, but we’ve got the scouting report from their weekend game and will look to put a game plan together.

‘‘Obviously, they’re a hard team to beat.’’

The Suns will again be without import Jordan Barrow, serving the last of a three-game ban from a suspension at his former club.

But Cooper Gosstray is available for the Suns after serving a suspension from last season, with Frankie Lagana and Jamie Lelliott other potential inclusions for the round three clash.

‚óŹLooking to fully hit their straps for the first time in 2018, the GV Suns under-20s face Nunawading City before the seniors.

The sides enter after similar starts to the new campaign.

The Suns won 3-2 first up against Dandenong City, before a 1-0 loss to Langwarrin, while City bounced back from a 3-1 loss in round one to edge out Box Hill United 3-2.

Suns coach Stuart Vance was disappointed with his side’s inability to play to its potential in the opening two games and will hope it can produce its best to remain a factor near the top of the league.

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