VIC PARK continues to grow in confidence ahead of the upcoming Ballarat and District Soccer Association senior men’s finals series.
The Vultures strung together a third-straight victory with a comprehensive 4-1 win over third-placed North United on Sunday.
That result has buoyed coach Doug Wilson, who believes his team can cause some damage in the finals, which start in just three weeks.
“I reckon we can because we have got really close to all the teams above us.” Wilson said. “When we played Ballarat, they have twice beaten us by one goal in the last minute of the game, so we know we can match it with the top teams. We are going in (to finals) quietly confident.
“We are going in with a fair bit more confidence than we had halfway through the season because we are finally getting our best team on the park. We were struggling with injuries and unavailability halfway through the season and that meant we had a few poor results.”
Vic Park battled hard in the early stages of the weekend’s clash, but kicked clear from its 2-1 lead at the break, with Phil Oduor, Saad Almashouq, Steven Jones and Adam Brady all finding the net.
It was the Vultures’ second win over North this season, the team it will meet in an opening round elimination final.
Elsewhere, Warrnambool maintained its grip on the title with a 10-1 win over Forest Rangers at home, while Ballarat kept the pressure on, just two points behind, following a 9-0 thumping of Vikings at Morshead Park. Luke Moodley and Isaac Harbour netted hat-tricks in the Reds’ win.
In the senior women’s competition, North Black kept its faint title hopes alive with a 4-1 win over intra-club rivals North White.
Black is just three points behind leaders Vikings – which had the bye – and two points behind second-placed Warrnambool, which beat Vic Park 6-1.