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BASLW round seven preview

By Alex Mitchell

Shepparton United should find itself plenty more goals when it battles Swan Hill in round seven of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League.

The Blues have scored for fun this season with a monstrous 52 goals in six games, helping them to an unblemished record of six wins in a row.

Finding another against the Swans should not prove too tough, with side has taken just four points from five games this campaign, conceding 21 goals and scoring just four in stumbling to 10th on the ladder.

The Blues have already created a three-point gap at the top of the league and will be more keen than anything to avoid injuries in taking three points against the Swans, with a blockbuster match against Strathdale the following week on the cards.

Sophie Papalia leads United’s scoring this season with 15 goals in six games, having scored at least two goals in each game, with Sarah Loverso (seven goals), Caitlin Georgiou (six) and Maria Villani (five) on fire as well.

●Shepparton South faces a far trickier test, heading to La Trobe University for a fifth-versus-sixth firefight.

The Southerners have had an up-and-down start to the season but seem to have found their feet in recent weeks, beating Swan Hill and Moama-Echuca 7-0 in consecutive weeks.

Sparking the revival has been the scintillating form of Britney Scrivens, who has scored a quality 11 goals in two weeks.

But University has picked up its wins against Spring Gully (eighth), Golden City (11th) and Tatura (ninth), encouraging South it can show its class and grab three points.

●Tatura has a tough task on its hands, facing Strathdale away from home.

The Ibises have struggled since finding points in their opening two fixtures, unable to score a goal in three consecutive losses.

It has been a different story for Strathdale, which has scored 55 goals in five games in moving to third on the table.

●Shepparton will fancy its chances of its best result of the season so far when it hosts Epsom in a wooden spoon derby.

The two sides have battled to start the year with just one draw between them, but the Reds will look to claim their first points of the campaign.