Ballarat City out to finally defeat a top-end opponent

WELCOME BACK: Shaun Romein is set to return to the starting line-up after serving a two-game suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards.

WELCOME BACK: Shaun Romein is set to return to the starting line-up after serving a two-game suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards.

Ballarat City coach Danny Gnjidic hopes his side can finally beat a top-end rival in Saturday night’s home clash with Moreland City.

The Ballarat boys have failed in their battles against the top three sides on both the east and west sides of the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 competition this season.

This weekend’s battle at Morshead Park is the team’s last chance to buck the trend.

“It’s really an opportunity to address a part of our make-up as a team that we reckon we need to be better at and that is matching these top two or three sides on the scoreboard,” Gnjidic said.

The Ballarat team is on the back-up from a disappointing 3-1 defeat at the hands of Nunawading City last weekend, which has left it sixth on the west division table.

Important duo Charlie King and Shaun Romein were missing for the most recent clash due to suspension, but are available to play in the fixture against Moreland City.

After trailing 1-0 at half time, Moreland beat Ballarat 4-1 in the teams’ encounter earlier this season.

That was the last in a five-game winless stretch for Gnjidic’s men.

After this weekend, Ballarat has just five matches left until the end of the campaign, two of which will be played on home soil.

Saturday night’s senior game is scheduled to kick-off from 6pm.