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Match Preview: Knights v Kingston City

A week is a long time in football.

Any early dissapointment in the opening two rounds of our PS4 NPL Victoria campaign seemed to vanish quickly, following last week’s win away to Bentleigh Greens. Now, nothing is more important than ensuring that performance is backed up, when the Knights welcome newly promoted Kingston City to Somers St this Friday night. 

With points on offer at home, the 6th placed Knights will be looking to redeem themselves after a poor performance in their first home game against Pascoe Vale a fortnight ago. A change in formation and attacking intent reaped instant rewards for Andrew Marth, who will be looking to ensure momentum does not drop off.

The introduction of Kym Harris and Timmy Purcell into the starting eleven proved to be a key decision last week. As well as shifting Ben Surey into the back four, providing the Knights with an experienced head marshalling the defence.

Nikola Jurkovic may be available for this game after missing last week through injury; however Marth now has a selection headache in whether to change a winning formula. Adding to the issue is the impact Caleb Mikulic and Anthony Dezic had off the bench, while Nicholas Jurcic and Anthony Katiforis were on the scoresheet in the Under 21’s as they look to break back into the senior squad.

Visitors Kingston City visit Knights Stadium on the back of three successive draws to begin their season. Having trailed late in each game, the team from The Grange have shown grit and determination to score late goals and rescue a point.

This was highlighted in the opening round, when they found themselves 2 goals and a man down away to Oakleigh Cannons, fighting back against the odds to come away with a point.

It has been a decade since Kingston last featured in the top flight, with the only fixtures between the two clubs coming in the 2006 & 2007 VPL season. The record doesn’t paint a nice picture for the Knights, having just picked up 1 draw from 4 games. The last fixture between the teams was in 2007, where the likes of Cameron Watson, Ivan Franjic, Mate Dugandzic and Joe Spiteri featured for the Knights in a 0-0 draw.

FACTS & STATS:

Who: MELBOURNE KNIGHTS v Kingston City.

Where: Knights Stadium

When: Seniors- 8:30pm

Past 4 Games: Knights Wins: 0, Kingston City Wins: 3, Draws: 1

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