BASLW: round six preview

By Alex Mitchell

If Shepparton South wants to be a Bendigo Amateur Soccer League women’s division title contender this season, it simply must beat Moama-Echuca tomorrow in a clash that promises plenty.

South suffered its worst defeat in quite some time in a 10-0 loss to Shepparton United, but has responded in the perfect manner, beating Spring Gully (4-1) and Swan Hill (7-0) to climb to seventh on the table.

But the Border Raiders are sixth, having lost 9-3 to United a fortnight back before seeing off Spring Gully 2-1 last time out.

Natalie Sands looms as their most dangerous player having slotted home nine goals in five games, teaming with Courtney Ladgrove (eight in five) to make a threatening combination.

Moama-Echuca coach Darryl Brown told the Riverine Herald his side expected a fierce battle against the Southerners, even if they were not as high in the standings as in previous seasons.

‘‘We’re under no illusion that this is another tough test,’’ he said.

‘‘Our group always wants to test themselves against the best.

‘‘It shows us where we sit in the competition and where we need to get to if we want to be challenging for titles.’’

Alannah Scopelliti has seven goals in three games this season, while Britney Scrivens is in excellent form having scored five goals against Swan Hill.

●Shepparton United will shoot for six wins in a row when it faces Golden City.

The two-time reigning champion is undefeated in a remarkable 26 games, seemingly still comfortably the best side in the women’s division.

While the Blues have put home 43 goals in five games, the Rams’ fortunes have been quite the opposite, conceding 45 in five in sliding to 10th on the table.

City was blown away 14-0 against Eaglehawk last weekend, the same score United smashed Epsom by, suggesting a big result could be on the way.

●Tatura will hope to end its two-game losing skid when Eaglehawk heads to Howley Oval tomorrow morning.

The Ibises started the year in fine form with four points from their first two games, but have struggled since, losing 7-0 and 5-0 in consecutive weeks to Colts United and La Trobe University.

Eaglehawk, though, will provide a tough test, having won four of five games this season and walloped home 30 goals in the process.

●Shepparton has one of its best chances to take something from a game when it hosts Swan Hill.

The Reds are still finding their feet and have struggled in losing their first four games, but will be out to produce their best performance of the season against the Swans, who have taken just one draw from their first four games.