NPL preview: Bendigo v Victory


Melbourne Victory is out to bounce back when it makes the trip to Bendigo City in the PlayStation 4 NPL2 West.

Victory was unable to back up its big win over Box Hill United, edged 2-1 by Sunshine George Cross last time out.

Head coach Gareth Naven said his young team was focused on continuing to improve with just five matches left this season, including a trip to Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

“From week to week it doesn’t change too much for us,” he said.

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“It’s just doing our best with the different situations on the pitch, trying to execute our attacking organisation and defensive organisation and learning week to week to keep doing the things we do well and stop the things that are not working too well.

“We’ve got a young group of majority 2000s (born in 2000) on the pitch which creates some good challenges.

“The great thing is they get success out of those challenges and get challenged in moments of games.

“It’s a very good balance for our group, to be honest, in what they face week to week. I’m looking forward to another match this week.”

Midfielder Nicholas Hatzigeorgiou, 16, scored his first goal of the season for Victory with a neat finish against George Cross.

Victory recorded a 5-0 win against Bendigo when the teams met in April.

Bendigo sits bottom of the table and is winless this season.

PlayStation 4 NPL2 West 2017 Round 24

Bendigo City v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, July 22, 5.00pm AEST
Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve, Bendigo