MATCH PREVIEW | Essendon Royals v Yarraville FC | Men's State League 1 North-West
May was a relatively positive month for the Essendon Royals in the Men’s State League 1 North-West competition.
After last week’s dramatic 1-0 win over FC Clifton Park, the Royals picked up seven points in four games over the course of May, and they will hope to start June off in similar fashion when Yarraville FC come to town this Saturday.
Only the top-two duo of Preston Lions FC and Sydenham have taken more than Royals’ haul of seven points from the last four rounds, which senior coach Vaughan Coveny says shows there is still plenty of improvement to come from his team.
“[Despite the results] it’s been a bit up and down, to be honest,” he said.
“There’s been good performances and then some very average ones so we want to try and get to a more consistent level of performance from everyone. Consistency as a team and as individuals has been the big issue for us.
“I think if we get that consistency, then we’ll be hard to beat.”
Yarraville arrives at Ormond Park this weekend without a loss in their last four games, having drawn three and won one – against FC Clifton Park who the Royals also defeated last week.
The visitors sit two points ahead of the Royals on the ladder and have proven tough to beat this season. Three of their four losses this season have been by one goal with the other a two-goal defeat at the hands of Caroline Springs George Cross FC.
“They’ll be very competitive,” Coveny said.
“They’re well drilled and well coached. They’ve been in most of their games and it’ll be another tough encounter for us.
“For us, we come in off a win but we prepare as normal.
“We’ve worked hard during the week and we’re looking forward to finally getting a home game because it’s been about a month since we had one, so we’re looking forward to that.
“We’d love to see as many supporters as possible there so we can put on a good performance for them.”
Seniors kick-off at Ormond Park at 3 pm.
In the Reserves, the Royals will be looking to make it three wins from three against a Yarraville side which has had two wins and two draws from its last four games.
The Royals ressies are unbeaten at home, however, and will be looking to keep that record intact as they look to close the gap on the top-three teams.
Reserves kick-off at Ormond Park at 12.45 pm.