MATCH PREVIEW | Banyule City SC v Essendon Royals | State League 1 Men's North-West

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Essendon Royals’ hunt for a first win of the State League 1 North-West season continues this Saturday when the senior men travel to Banyule City SC.

The Royals put in a much-improved performance last weekend to take a 2-2 draw from Keilor Park and will be hoping to build on that improvement on Saturday.

Banyule has an even ledger after six rounds, with two wins, draws and defeats to its name so far this season.

The team has struggled at home, however, winning just one of its four home games so far this season.

That record bodes particularly well for the Royals, who have not lost at Yallambie Park in the history of fixtures between these two, with four wins and two draws from six away games away to Banyule stretching back to 1983.

Of course, this is a different Royals team this season and senior coach Vaughan Coveny said his team cannot afford to take anything for granted.

“The mood has been positive all week and we are looking forward to the game against Banyule,” Coveny said.

“We know we’re going to be playing another well-organised team with quality players that can hurt you on any given day.

“We need to be switched on from the start.”

Crucial to Essendon’s chances will be its ability to finish the chances it creates.

The Royals looked good going forward in last week’s game against Keilor Park, but a failure to finish clear cut chances eventually proved costly.

“We have been creating a number of chances but not converting so that’s an area we need to improve,” Coveny said.

“We need to make sure our concentration levels are there for the entire match.”

Kick-off is at 3 pm.

In the earlier 1 pm kick-off, the Reserves will be looking to put last week’s result behind them with a strong performance against an in-form Banyule team.

The Bulls have won three out of six so far this season, and with 19 goals are the top-scoring team in the State League 1 North-West division.

A win for the Royals Reserves could see them rise as high as fourth on the ladder.

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