MATCH PREVIEW | Essendon Royals travel to Yarraville in penultimate round
Essendon Royals continue their State League Men's 1 season with a trip to Yarraville as Vaughan Coveny's men look to finish the season on a positive now.
As the penultimate match of the season arrives, the Royals have endured a tough campaign in the extremely competitive division, but will feel that their position on the ladder is not truly reflective of their best performances this season.
The Royals have struggled to maintain their best form throughout the season, and even their best performances have often been met with bad luck and opposition goalkeepers in brilliant form.
This week's trip to Yarraville offers the Royals the chance to pick up a double of wins over their hosts, having won the previous fixture between the two clubs at Ormond Park.
Essendon bossed the game on that particular occasion, with the goals flowing in what was Albert Zorzanello's 100th start for the club.
Graham Kelly and Tedros Yabio scored the goals in a 2-0 win over Yarraville last time out.
With no relegation from State League 1 this season, the Royals are playing for pride as they look to finish as high up the table as possible.
Coveny will be hoping for another strong performances from Jamie Gazelle, who has impressed since returning from his holiday, while Davey Van't Schip will be hopeful of building on his first goal for the club last week.
Gaku Matsuda remains a doubt after missing last week's match.
A win on Saturday would potentially see the Royals climb as high as 10th on the table.
In the Reserves, the Royals have a score to settle with Yarraville having had to settle for a draw despite a strong performance on the day.
A win would cement the Royals in third position on the Reserves ladder.