Westervelt set to share work load between players
Shepparton United coach Aaron Westervelt’s squad rotation skills will be put to the test as his side prepares to contest the State Knockout Cup tonight.
Fresh from an impressive round one win in Regional Premier League on Sunday, United will head to Wodonga to take on Twin City Wanderers before returning to league duties away to Cobram Victory on Sunday.
Westervelt admitted while to his knowledge all his players had ‘‘pulled up all right’’ from round one, it was crucial to make sure everyone was fully fit before taking to the pitch.
‘‘It is hard to back up for games after only a few days’ break, but we’ll rotate the squad and it gives a chance to those players that didn’t play on the weekend,’’ Westervelt said.
‘‘It’s going to be a matter of me talking to players to see how they’re feeling and make sure we don’t push them too hard so early in the season.’’
With the club’s reserves team also enjoying a positive start to the season with a 6-0 win over Numurkah, Westervelt said he had plenty of players to choose from.
United and the Wanderers met during pre-season in a practice match at tonight’s venue, Kelly Park, but with both teams fielding understrength teams that day, Westervelt said he was reading little into the way they matched up.
Twin City has endured a difficult start to the Albury Wodonga Football Association season with three losses from its first four games.
However, a 4-2 win over Albury City on Sunday will have boosted the club’s confidence ahead of tonight’s cup tie.
Tonight’s match is the last of the round three fixtures, with Victorian Premier League club Moreland Zebras awaiting the winner in the next round.
Cobram Victory also remains alive in the competition and will meet State League Division One team Werribee City in round four.
Tonight’s match will kick off at 7.30 pm at Kelly Park, Wodonga.