Preview: Bentleigh Greens v Northcote City

Words | Effie Caloutas 

2016 PS4 NPL Victoria Round 12- Bentleigh Greens v Northcote City

Friday May 13th, 8:15pm Kingston Heath Soccer Complex

2nd v 14th 

Bentleigh Greens meet Northcote City for the first time this season, with Bentleigh going for their eighth win after a dramatic 1-1 draw to Heidelberg United, whilst Northcote will be looking to bounce back from a 5-0 defeat to Hume City.

Northcote City (LLDWL) 

Wearing pink in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia, Northcote were unable to continue on their winning ways after securing their first win against Richmond SC the previous week. Despite a couple of chances from Todd Dekker in the opening minutes, Northcote looked a different team in their 5-0 loss to Hume, with the away side scoring all five goals in the second half. With in-form midfielder Jonathan Bounas expected to come back into the side, they will be looking to put in a much better performance against a high quality opposition in the Bentleigh Greens.

One to Watch: Jonathan Bounas 

The in form midfielder has been fundamental for Northcote in his two previous outings for the club, scoring in the club’s 1-1 draw against the Bulleen Lions, as well as a penalty in the 37th minute against Richmond to secure Northcote’s first win for the season. Coming back from a one week suspension, Bounas will be critical to the club bouncing back against the Greens.

Bentleigh Greens (LWWWD) 

Bentleigh have had an exceptional start to the season with three wins and a draw in their past five matches. The club looked to have secured victory last week against Heidelberg after a goal by captain Wayne Wallace, until Heidelberg’s Harry Noon broke the hearts of the Greens in the 88th minute to score the equaliser. With Bentleigh playing against bottom of the table Northcote at home, they will be looking for nothing less than three points.

One to Watch: Wayne Wallace 

Captain Wayne Wallace has been one of the most influential players for the Bentleigh Greens this season. In his previous 11 matches, the captain has scored five goals, with two goals coming in his past three matches including one in the 1-1 draw against the Bergers last week.

Head to Head: 

The last time these two teams met was last year at John Cain Memorial Park where Bentleigh defeated Northcote City 1-0 courtesy of an 88th minute Troy Ruthven header.