MATCH PREVIEW | Essendon Royals welcome Sydenham Park SC to Cross Keys Reserve under Friday night lights in Men's State League 1 North-West clash

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Essendon Royals are back under lights this Friday night as they welcome Sydenham SC to Cross Keys Reserve.

The Royals head into this important State League 1 North-West clash fresh thanks to last week’s catch-up round and will be hoping to get the final straight of this gruelling campaign off on the right foot.

Essendon is hungry for revenge this week having lost 8-0 to Sydenham when these teams last met and Vaughan Coveny is keen for his team to demonstrate that scoreline was a one-off.

“We have moved on from that game, but it’s a reminder of what Sydenham are capable of on their day,” Coveny said.

“We have prepared diligently for this game and we look forward to the challenge of hosting Sydenham in front of what promises to be a big Friday night crowd at Cross Keys.”

Coveny and his team mixed it up during the week-off, using the chance to do some alternative training sessions, as well as hosting an intra club match.

“It was valuable to see some of the reserves in a senior set-up and see what they can offer the team,” he said.

Sydenham arrive at Cross Keys on the back of two-straight wins, although its hopes of catching league leaders Preston Lions are becoming slimmer with each passing week.

Rivals North Sunshine Eagles remain hot on Sydenham’s tail, however, ensuring the visitors will not be short of motivation to take three points from Cross Keys.

The Royals will be keen to stop that from happening and with a full squad at their disposal, coach Coveny is hopeful of a positive result.

The Royals have welcomed back Jamie Gazelle into the senior fold, while Coveny reported no injuries heading into Friday night’s fixture, meaning a potential return for Davey van’t Schip.

The seniors get underway at 8.15 pm on Friday night at Cross Keys Reserve.

In the earlier kick-off, the Royals reserve will hope to continue their good form and secure what would be a fourth win from five games.

The Royals ressies are undefeated in their last four games, scoring nine goals in their last two games alone.

The likes of Frank Agostino have also been called up to the seniors in recent weeks, highlighting the good work being done by coach Emmet Sheehan.

The Reserves get underway at 6.15 pm.

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