Soccer: relegation battle for Strikers

Strikers coach Laura Brady has plenty on her mind in relegation fight.

Strikers coach Laura Brady has plenty on her mind in relegation fight.

BALLARAT Eureka Strikers are playing for their Football Federation Victoria state league one north west life on Sunday.

Strikers and Lara battling to avoid relegation going into the last round.

Ballarat just has its nose in front – sitting one point ahead of Lara.

However, Strikers do have the tougher assignment. They are on the road to fifth-placed Melbourne Knights.

Ballarat will be encouraged that the Knights were held to scoreless draw by Preston, but there are sure to be plenty of nerves among the visitors and this might be telling.

Strikers know a win will mean avoiding relegation, but it will be playing on their minds that last time they met Knights won 6-0.

Anything less than a win and Lara will have plenty of incentive later in the day to succeed.

TABLE: Melb Uni 40, South Yarra 33, Eltham 33, Bundoora 28, Melbourne 26,Keilor Park 24, Essendon 20, Preston 16, Ballarat 7, Lara 6