Box Hill United resume their travels on the road in the NPL2 with a crucial match against promotion-chasing Moreland City FC on Saturday.
United have struck good form at the right moment with a convincing 2-0 win against Murray United in the previous round, which halted their three-game losing streak.
More importantly, the Todd Dekker and Denis Ilescu-inspired victory at Wembley Park last Saturday sealed Box Hill’s place in NPL2 for the next season. Brian Vanega’s United side currently sit eighth on the ladder, with 26 points from 26 matches.
This weekend’s opponents Moreland City are flying high after a five-match unbeaten spell, and thrashed Melbourne City 4-0 building up to this round’s fixture. City are second in the standings with 53 points from 26 games and have the division’s highest goal difference (+46). They have conceded 20 goals so far – the fewest in the league.
In the reverse fixture against Moreland, United suffered a gut-wrenching 6-1 demolition. Trailing 1-0 at the break, the floodgates opened in the second-half, resulting in Box Hill’s first loss in four games at that early stage of the competition.
Vanega said the match against City will be tough but added: ““[Moreland] have got a very experienced team, a very experienced backline, [with] players that have played at higher levels.
“The pleasing thing is we can go into that game fighting and to challenge ourselves against the top teams, and have a good go at matching them, which this [Box Hill] team is capable of.”