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BASL: round seven preview

By Shepparton News

Rampaging Strathdale will be keen for more goals when Tatura heads to town for the biggest Bendigo Amateur Soccer League game of the season so far.

The Blues whacked teams for fun to start the campaign, scoring seven, 13, 12 and 11 goals for a grand total of 43 goals in four games, from which they have taken a maximum possible 12 points.

It shapes as a ripping encounter with the Ibises also possessing an undefeated record heading in, with three wins and a draw against reigning premier Eaglehawk.

But the Ibises have plenty to work on from last weekend where they let a 2-0 lead slip against the Hawks, denying them a huge statement win which would have shot them to premiership favouritism.

Strathdale has more weapons than a John Wayne western. lethal Daniel Purdy has a staggering 16 goals in four games, Ethan Hunter has seven and Jackson Clayton six, with another eight different scorers this season.

For the Ibises, Liam Nash tops the scoring charts with six for the season with Thomas Leech and Tristan Zito also dangerous with three each, but tightening up at the back will be absolutely vital against such a dangerous team, Tatura not having kept a clean sheet this season.

●Elsewhere, the only way is up for Shepparton when it battles Epsom at Vibert Reserve.

The Reds have taken one point from four games to start the season but were humbled last time out, beaten 13-0 by Strathdale.

But they have their best chance for a win so far, battling a Scorpion outfit that has lost all four of its games.

But while they have not won, Epsom has been far more competitive than the Reds, conceding just 10 goals compared the Shepparton’s 31.

●The round’s other fixture will see Colts United host Moama-Echuca in a potentially interesting contest.

United has won just once for the season while the Border Raiders have been on fire, winning four from five to sit third on the table.