A second Saturday afternoon time slot for Division 2 Amateur soccer shapes as a tough one for Savoy when it hosts second-placed Para Hills West at Savoy Park on an afternoon that the Matthew Black-coached starting eleven is expected to see some changes.
Savoy opened its new season account with an away loss to Tea Tree Gully and prior to last week’s Easter recess lost 0-1 to Plympton Bulldogs at home in a contest the green-and-whites no doubt should have won.
However this Saturday’s game becomes so important for Savoy and the locals cannot afford to allow a third straight loss against the visiting and strong Para Hills West team especially as negative ladder placings early in the season will be demoralising.
Two weeks ago it was an over-enthusiastic type of Savoy team that tried too hard and overdid its soccer in what developed into a strong attacking contest from the home combination before conceding the only goal of the game, handing Plympton the win.
The likelihood of experienced club medallist Rhys Gillet playing on Saturday seems on the cards and his addition will improve the Savoy combination no doubt.
Last season Savoy drew 3-3 in round 8 at home after the green-and-whites led 2-1 at halftime and then 3-1 before losing easily late in the season 2-6 away to the Para Hills West outfit.
A probable switch of Sam Sullivan into a more attacking role and that of Steffan Barletta to a direct attacking spot could help Savoy especially after the scoring department could not find the net against Plympton last outing after having a glut of opportunities in front of goals.
The Savoy defence looked strong last time out with Domenic Keain, Tate Brook and Ben Higginbottom playing good soccer, but Savoy coach Matt Black hopes his team’s goal drought can change starting with more flair and goals in Saturday’s second straight home game against Para Hills West.
Para Hills West started the season with a 3-1 away win over Munno Para and then drew 1-1 against Tea Tree Gully where it led 1-0 at halftime.
But it all rests with Savoy to find the right result in what is their second consecutive home game, where you need to win at home and not lose narrowly like last time.
The Savoy Reserves, who showed great improvement when it drew 1-1 in its home game two weeks ago against the Plympton Bulldogs, takes on Para Hills West this Saturday and will be looking on improving on its previous result.
The well-drilled visitors will be hard to beat, however Savoy need to play out a strong game to keep the Para Hills team in check.
The George Kouimtzis-coached Savoy combination can put in a good showing on Saturday and if all players lift a little there is no reason the locals cannot cause an upset.