Vikings back home against lowly Stars

Will Georgiou

Will Georgiou

Sebastopol Vikings are hoping to get back to winning ways in this Saturday’s clash with lowly Heidelberg Stars.

The Vikings snatched a late equaliser in last weekend’s battle with top side Epping City, but slipped from second to fourth on the back of that result.

Paul McClounan found the net to salvage a draw for the Vikings, which had lost Will Georgiou to a red card moments earlier.

Georgiou will miss Saturday’s game against Heidelberg through suspension, while Blair Marshall is sidelined with a hip flexor injury.

Sebastopol manager Corey Smith said Laurence Tombe would return to the team this weekend after serving a one-game ban for an accumulation of yellow cards.

Smith said his side needed to bring the same intensity it showed in the clash with Epping City.

“I think we’ll go into the game with confidence and obviously give everything we have,” Smith said.

Earlier in the season, Sebastopol claimed a 1-0 win over Heidelberg thanks to a late winner from Kuanyjal Tuany.

Since then, Heidelberg has struggled to match it with the other sides in the Football Federation Victoria men’s state league three north-west competition. The Stars are second last on the table with just four wins and 14 points.

Following this Saturday’s clash at St Georges Reserve, just three games remain in the Vikings’ campaign. They have battles with La Trobe University, Moreland United and Sunbury United still to come.

The encounter with Heidelberg will kick-off from 3pm. This will follow the reserves match, which is scheduled to begin at 1pm.

Sebastopol won’t play next weekend due to a catch-up round.