South Coast Flame travel to face an in-form Hurstville FC on Saturday night at IIlinden Sports Centre.
Flame come into the match after picking up their second victory of the campaign, a midweek 2-1 victory against Hawkesbury City on Wednesday night at Ian McLennan Park in a round-three catch-up match.
It’s the first time this year Flame have scored twice in a game. Goals to new signing Cody Waller and captain Matt Mazevski set the platform for the three points despite having Kasey Kulcsar sent off after 20 minutes.
There were also starting debuts for youngsters Zander Alston and Terrance Jah.
South Coast will likely have a difficult task this weekend with Hurstville unbeaten in their last four matches. They have had a terrific start to the season in what is also a new look side for them.
However, the Sydney siders most recently shared the points with eighth place Prospect United and may be chomping at the bit to get back to winning form.
Former Sutherland Sharks player, Anthony Krkovski, has been the main threat for Hurstville so far with eight goals in nine games and has scored in his past five matches.
Flame had a reshuffled backline during the week and will be without Kulcsar on the weekend, but it is expected that Daniel Lucas and Carlo Stella will be available for this one.
Flame had a determined look about them midweek and if that same attitude was brought in this week’s game, there is a chance the boys can upset Hurstville.
The under-20s went down 3-1 to UNSW FC which was their eighth defeat, but this was by far their best performance of the season.
Their opponents Hurstville FC have recently ended a poor run of results ending a three-game losing run with a win and a draw in their last two matches.
In saying that, if Flame can bring that same enthusiasm, energy, and efficiency to this game, they could well fancy their chances.
Hurstville FC v South Coast Flame @ Ilinden Sports Centre
Saturday 8 May – 5.00pm and 7.00pm respectively.
After the side’s first official win of the campaign, the Women’s team will look to go back-to-back when they face up to Woonona at Ian McLennan Park on Sunday afternoon.
Flame earned a resounding 5-1 victory against Wollongong United last round after backing up from their big effort the week before against reigning champions Albion Park.
It is clear the ladies are getting into the groove and adapting to Division 1 Women’s football.
Brooke Love has been in great form having picked up a brace against United last Sunday.
Woonona on the other hand has had a difficult start to the season and is still winless five games in.
The two sides met earlier this year in the shortened Bonnie Lassie Cup with the game ending 0-0.
The Sharks however did earn a 1-1 draw with Warilla last round which ended a three-game losing run.
Ainsley Hawes and Kyah Humphrey will be the threats for the Sharks going forward.
A win here for Flame could catapult the side into the top 4 such is the closeness of the competition this year.
South Coast Flame v Woonona Sharks @ Ian McLennan Park
Sunday 9 May – 4.30pm.