EXPERIMENTATION with different combinations in the North United camp aims to combat competition leaders.
North United fine-tuned the moves in a 7-2 win against Forest Rangers and will put such tactics to the test against Ballarat next round in the Ballarat District Soccer Association senior men’s division one.
United coach Ash Morris said it was a testing match – and uncut, uneven grass at Wendouree West made play tough – but his players worked to make the most of the encounter.
“Forest Rangers played well, but it was important we tried different formations,” Morris said.
“We played a bit of possession football ... we pretty much just tried a few things to see what worked and what doesn’t work.
“We’ll soon find out next week – we’ve got Ballarat.”
Kyle Cushion chased down everything relentlessly, scoring one goal.
Eamon Nuttall relished a chance to move up forward, booting two goals, after playing most of the season in the United backlines.
Handy striker Prav Kalaivanan was dangerous with a hattrick.
United will finish clear in third spot, ahead of Vic Park and behind Ballarat, while Ballarat continues to chip at top-of-the-table Warrnambool.
The Red Devils claimed a 2-0 win against Vic Park and sit two points behind Warrnambool leading into the final round’s play.
Red’s Daryl Tauschke and Justin Whitcher were each dealt yellow cards in the encounter.
Tauschke and Nicholas Lavery claimed both of the Red’s goals.
Meanwhile, Warrnambool nabbed a 3-1 win against Sebastopol Vikings in a late afternoon game at Morshead Park on Sunday.
Sebastopol Vikings are in first spot in the BDSA women’s division one after edging out Forest Rangers 3-2 in a close match at Wendouree West.