Confidence is high among Goulburn Valley Suns players heading into tomorrow’strip to play Eastern Lions.
The Suns’ play in the opening fortnight warranted more than a loss followed by a draw, but the side turned the corner last weekend, controlling the match against Nunawading City to win 3-2.
Now, the challenge is to take that form on the road and start stringing wins together, coach Craig Carley said.
‘‘We just want to keep playing an exciting brand of football,’’ he said.
‘‘As always, we’ll be looking to attack with every chance we get.’’
The Suns and the Lions head to Gardiners Creek Reserve with 1-1-1 records and the coach agreed there were more than a few similarities between the teams.
‘‘They’re pretty similar to us in their style of play and they’ve got a fair few British ex-pats like us as well,’’ Carley said.
‘‘They’re a hard-working team and try and force a mistake high up the pitch.
‘‘We’ll look to bring our best and make it as tough for them as possible.’’
The sides could not be separated when they last met either, 1-1 in Shepparton after Matt Lelliott’s opener was cancelled out by Philip Ajao.
‘‘It always seems to be a pretty even match with them, but we think we’ve got a slight edge and seem to be able to go there and get victories,’’ Carley said.
‘‘They’ve been around a while and are well organised and well drilled. It’s another tough game, but there are no easy fixtures in the NPL.’’
For the Suns, midfield maestro Jamie England seems touch and go for the clash after coming off in the second half last weekend with a groin complaint.
And while ex-Everton youth prospect Jordan Barrow is finally available to make his debut for the Suns, whether or not that debut will come in defence or midfield is still up in the air.
‘‘He can play centre-back or central midfield; we signed him predominantly as a defender but he’s played Europa League games in central midfield,’’ Carley said.
‘‘He’s certainly a talent and one we need to use to our advantage.’’
With an away trip to Melbourne City to follow, then two home fixtures after that, the Suns are in a perfect position to launch the season with a succession of wins.
●Needing to end an early-season form slump, the GV Suns’ under 20s tackle Eastern Lions tomorrow.
Signs were promising with an opening-round win against Dandenong City, but it has been tough going since with consecutive losses to Langwarrin and Nunawading City.
Particularly, the City loss was nowhere near the young Suns’ best, 3-0 down by the half before a 4-1 loss.
It has been a totally different story for the Lions’ juniors, meaning the fixture looms as a daunting one for the Suns.
The Lions are undefeated, bouncing back from a round one draw with consecutive wins against Melbourne City (3-1) and Moreland City (4-0) to sit second in the NPL2 eastern division.
The fixture is on before the seniors at Gardiners Creek Reserve, kicking off at 12.45pm.