Soccer returns this weekend with no spectators

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Laurie Williams

FOR the second time in three weeks, there will be no spectators allowed for the Latrobe Valley Soccer League matches this weekend.
Although some restrictions have been lifted, the disallowance of a crowd wasn’t and clubs will be playing to empty stands.
Last weekend’s round will now be played on the AFL Grand Final Eve public holiday, Friday, September 24.
Sale United will have an extended break in the senior, reserves and second division
competitions, in which the Swans have the bye, while they will play Monash in the women’s on Sunday in Newborough.
THE big senior match of the round will be on Sunday, when top of the table Moe United travels to Crinigan Rd to battle with Fortuna.
Moe has had only one defeat so far and is looking in good position to win the league championship, but Fortuna is a better team than its fifth position suggests.
Both have a strong attacking line-ups, but Moe’s defence is hard to get through. Keeper Peter Albanese belies his age and has had a stellar season, while Fortuna’s Leon Risdon hasn’t made too many errors in the custodian spot.
Moe won’t want to take the game too easy as Fortuna is a tough side and capable of beating teams above it on the ladder.
MORWELL Pegasus has a big chance to strengthen its position on the ladder, when it plays
Monash in Newborough. The third-placed Horsemen are playing superb soccer and showing the opposition what they can really do when cranked up. Early in the season it was expected Pegasus would have a good season, but not to the extent of being a challenge
to top position and a finals berth.
Pegasus has had some tough matches but has gelled together well to be a formidable team.
Monash has seen better seasons and its sixth position doesn’t justify the hard work put in by the players.
TWO teams who have been disappointing, Churchill United and Traralgon Olympians, will try to complete the season on a high note.
Olympians is a shadow of its victorious 2019 team, but still has the passion to finish the season with more wins.
Churchill is team building, with good form shown in some matches but seem overawed by the bigger teams in the comp. The Rams will be competitive against Olympians and, given the breaks, could cause a surprise, but the visitors should edge out winners.
NEWBOROUGH-YALLOURN United will receive a big test from Traralgon City, which is a tough contest at home.
The Combine will need to keep winning to keep the pressure on the teams above it. While it’s been a roller coaster year, NYU should have too much for Traralgon City, which has had a medium season.
THE round will begin on Saturday night in Morwell, where Falcons will be keen to add points and goal difference to its tally against East Gippsland United, which has yet to beat the Birds in nine matches.
Not taking anything away from the Eagles, who are a team of triers, they will probably be out of their depth against the strong Falcons line-up.