After a scintillating five wins from five matches to start the season, Northcote City faces perhaps its toughest test yet with an away trip to Dandenong Thunder this Saturday.
Two wonder-strikes from Alec Goodwin and Peter Sawan as well as a debut goal for vice captain Matthew Whatley rounded out a comprehensive 3-0 win over Box Hill United last time out.
Goodwin maintained his scoring run making it five goals so far this campaign and will be looking to continue that form at George Andrews Reserve.
City will be without defender Nathan Cook who sustained a knee injury during the victory. Cook has been an integral part of a defence that has conceded just twice but there are options to fill the void with Nick Bavcar again impressing off the bench.
Dandenong meanwhile will be hungry for three points after only being able to manage an entertaining 3-3 draw at home to Moreland City last week.
The Thunder were also deducted two points during the week along with Springvale White Eagles for a supporter-related incident during their Round 2 NPL2 East match.
Northcote’s Tremayne Sadler says there is big anticipation heading into the Round 6 clash.
“The feeling is really good at the moment. We’ve had a strong week in training and everyone is buzzing for the weekend,” the defender said.
“It’s a massive game. We know Thunder will pose a tough challenge but we’re fully prepared. We’ve had a look at them but as always it will be about performing to the level we know we can.”
Sadler, a former Northcote youngster, has enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, even chipping in with a goal during a number of consistent showings.
“I feel great. After having 12 months away from the game I’m glad to be back with a good bunch of lads and enjoying my football.”