Red Devils targeting rise up NPLV ladder

Dom Swinton will make his long awaited return with the Ballarat Red Devils in the under-20s this weekend.

Dom Swinton will make his long awaited return with the Ballarat Red Devils in the under-20s this weekend.

Ballarat v Pascoe Vale

at Morshead Park on Saturday, 3pm

Under-20s: 1pm

BALLARAT Red Devils are chasing a second win in four weeks after a series of positive results to start the second-half of the National Premier Leagues Victoria season.

The McDonalds Reds will play Pascoe Vale in their sixth consecutive home game in round 18 action on Saturday.

It would be crazy for fans to desert Morshead Park after last weekend's 5-5 thriller against Heidelberg United.

However, the dour Pascoe Vale unit poses a different problem for the Red Devils' improved attack.

Pascoe Vale has conceded just 20 goals this season to Ballarat's 39, and Red Devils player manager James Robinson is hoping to player a tighter match in the defensive half this round.

Robinson was clear cut in what he wants from his players on Saturday, and says his team is better equipped for what lies ahead after playing out a 2-2  draw against Pascoe Vale in round six back in April

"(I want) three points and a move up the ladder," Robinson said.

"We're finding the back of the net which is fantastic and we've got more flexibility in how we approach games now."

Forward Paul Harvey has made a seamless transition from NPL 1 to the top level in the past few weeks, and has been included in NPLV-centred website The Corner Flag's team of the week after his two-goal effort in round 17.

Key Red Devil midfielder Sean Romein is available for selection after a five-week lay off, while Dom Swinton will make his return in the under-20s side after seven weeks abroad.

Robinson also said the signs were promising for injured duo Adrian Curtain and Pat Karras, with the pair potentially less than a month away from making their returns.

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