Box Hill United senior men face Melbourne City (youth) in the NPL2 Round 5 on Saturday (5 PM kick-off) at Wembley Park, and defender Dennis Nielsen reviewed the team’s progress in the first four rounds of the competition.
After recording a three-match unbeaten streak, the side slipped to a narrow 2-1 defeat against Eastern Lions last time around – conceding two goals in a league match for the first time this season.
Taking stock of his colleagues’ hardworking displays so far, the Danish centre-back said, “It’s a pretty new team – young team. So, obviously it’s going to take some time to get it in, what we are training on every day. It’s a process, and we started pretty well – getting some points. [It’s] looking positive.
“I think we could have had at least a point [against the Lions]. We didn’t give a lot of opportunities away and we were pretty good keeping the ball and moving the team around. If we had gotten one point last weekend, we would have been unbeaten as well. So, we are not that far off I think.”
The experienced defender continued, “[But] that’s part of the learning process as well. We have to take the best out of it [from last week] and move on – try to stay positive – because for most of the game, we had a fair chance, but we didn’t get any point.”
Saturday’s evening fixture against City’s youth – who are unbeaten in the competition so far – will be the first of successive home matches for Box Hill, and discussing the way forward, Nielsen said, “We just have to be sharp from the first minute and be clever in the right situations throughout the whole game, and back each other up.
“We have a strong squad, [with] good players on and off the ball. So, if we keep it simple and what we are doing good [to] keep playing on our terms, I think we should be alright. We need to be a bit more clever in the last third – [if we] get a chance, [we should] finish it so that we don’t get countered on.”