Not even severe winds and bitterly cold temperatures could stop Sale United in Latrobe Valley Soccer League action on Sunday.

It was a frosty start to the day, with cold winds ripping across the field at the Godfrey Baldwin Reserve in Sale and on-again, off-again rain taunting players.

This season, Churchill United failed to form a women’s team, so the Sale United women had yet another bye.

Nonetheless, the Sale United’s women’s team rugged up and grabbed front line seats to cheer on the Sale men.

Sale United second division player Braithe Campbell. Photo: Zoe Askew

The Division Two game kicked off at 11am, with Sale United up against top side Olympians.

Despite conceding four goals in the first-half, United stepped up to the plate and scored a deserved goal through Lachlan Dimarco in the 51st minute.

Olympians replied four minutes later, but it would be the final goal of the match, with Olympians winning 5-1.

Anthony Pardo scored a hat-trick, while Royboi Matthews and James Saliba each scored a goal.

Callum Hua in action for the reserves. Photo: Zoe Askew

As the sun shone golden light, warming cold noses, Sale’s reserves team took the field against Churchill.

With Sale currently ninth on the ladder and Churchill sitting at seventh, both teams demonstrated an apparent desire to win and gain those much-needed points to move up the ladder.

Leading 1-0 at half-time, the reserves returned to the field fired up, determined to claim their second win for the season.

Sale United reserves player Sam Forbes wins the battle for the ball. Photo: Zoe Askew

Hamish Wain, Mitchell Lummis and Nick Bartlett scored goals as the Swans prevailed 3-0.

Sale United men’s coach, Anouk Meereboer, said the reserve boys put in “a good performance.”

“Reserves, good performance, three awesome goals and good team play,” Meereboer said.

Connor Hodges battles a Churchill opponent in the reserves. Photo: Zoe Askew

On game day, four senior players pulled out, resulting in a frantic change of plans for Meereboer.

With the sun beginning to hide behind surrounding hills, Sale’s seniors stormed the pitch exhibiting a tenacious determination to defeat Churchill.

Sale United senior men’s player Alan Harris. Photo: Zoe Askew

United turned the heat up from the first minute, dominating possession of the ball and executing strategical gameplays, making for some fantastic football.

Twenty minutes into a very physical and fast-paced game, Sale United’s Sakhon Khamchom, better known as Ot, scored the opening goal.

Sale United’s Ot Khamchom up against a Churchill opponent. Photo: Zoe Askew

Sale took that advantage into the main break, although coach Anouk Meereboer said the team was not firing on all cylinders.

“At half-time, I asked them to put it up a gear,” Meereboer said.

“I asked them to score straight away, and they did it in the first few minutes of the second-half.”

Sale United senior men’s player Dave Durning. Photo: Zoe Askew

Enter Marrien Van den Heuvel.

He scored three goals in the second-half, earning himself a hat-trick and leading Sale to a 4-0 victory.

“The last time we played Churchill we lost 1-0 against them,” Meereboer said.

“We were unlucky, we are the better team, but this time we put the goals in.

“We scored four, three from the Flying Dutchman.

“It was a great performance, a great team performance.”

Swan Jude Taylor on the ball. Photo: Zoe Askew

The win moved the Swans from eighth to sixth on the LVSL, while Churchill’s loss cost them a place on the ladder, sliding to seventh.