THE Latrobe Valley Soccer League season will resume this weekend, with round 17.
The scheduled 15th and 16th rounds will be played September 12 and 19 respectively.
SALE United will head to Newborough on Saturday night to play Monash from 7pm.
Although both teams are out of the running for finals, there is still pride at stake.
Monash is in seventh with five wins, while Sale is ninth with only two wins and two draws. It has been a disappointing season for both teams, which began 2021 full of promise.
Kyle Jennings has been Monash’s key striker, with five goals from 11 games, while Will Semple has four. For the Swans, goals have been hard to come by, with Cooper Coleman their best with three from 10 games.
Monash should win, but Sale has the potential to cause an upset. The Swans defeated the Wolves 2-1 when they met in Sale in round six.
FALCONS will host Moe United on Saturday night in the battle for top spot.
Moe currently holds top position by one point, having only lost one match this season, which was to Falcons 3-0. Since that loss, the Red Devils have been impressive, winning their next seven matches.
Falcons has drawn its previous two games, which robbed it of top position.
Both teams have exciting strikers, with Falcons’ Jamie Pistrin leading the pack on 21 goals and Nonda Lazaris eight. Connor O’Hanlon and Matt Shearing both have seven goals, one more than teammate Luke Bathgate.
The defences of both teams has been on top, with Moe veteran Peter Albanese having a top season in goal, while Falcons keeper Charles Simon is always hard to get past.
FORTUNA, in fifth place with a chance of jumping up the table, will host 10th-placed Churchill United on Sunday.
The Lions have had seven wins but their three drawn games have robbed them of a much higher placing. Damon Scott has been on target this season, with 12 goals from 10 games, while Hayden Tanti (10 goals) and coach Jordan Campbell (eight) also give the Lions good firepower up front.
Churchill has two wins on the board in what has been a trying season. Brad Sands is the Rams’ top scorer with five goals, but needs more support if the team has sights on a surprise victory.
MORWELL Pegasus, in third place and only four points behind the leader, is favoured to defeat eighth-placed Traralgon Olympians at home.
Led by strikers Kelimat Ramadan, Kuku Mahmoud and Samuel Jacob, the Horseman have built up a consistent score line and backed with a reliable defence, led by keeper Santo Simon, have given them a good goal difference of +25.
THE long trip east should be rewarding for Newborough-Yallourn United, which will take on East Gippsland United.
Holding down fourth position, the Combine can increase its goal difference against the 11th-placed Eagles, who have yet to win a match, but have two drawn games to their credit.
TRARALGON City will have the bye.
IN the women’s competition, Sale United will travel to Tyers on Sunday to play Olympians-Tyers from 10.30am.
The Swans are in third place on the ladder, only trailing second-placed Falcons on goal difference.
Falcons will on Saturday host fourth-placed Newborough-Yallourn, Monash will play East
Gippsland at home, while, on Sunday, Fortuna, with a nine-point lead on top of the table, will host win-less Churchill.