TWIN City coach David Afonso believes Sunday’s clash with Boomers could be his team’s toughest challenge of the season.
The undefeated Wanderers go into the clash at Glen Park six points clear of their rivals, knowing a win this week and next week, against Myrtleford, will all-but wrap up the league title.
Afonso said it was a simple case of the best attack against the best defence — City has averaged five goals a game for nine rounds and the Boomers have conceded a total of only five.
“I’m predicting this week will be one of our toughest tests but we won’t be worrying too much about their game plan,” Afonso said.
“While we have the ball, the opposition can’t do much too harm us.
“We will try to dominate possession but, when we do turn the ball over, Andrew Grove is dangerous, while Pieter Noordewier is quite crafty up front.
“But Boomers have been playing well, not with just two players creating the chances, but as squad so we can’t afford to be too focused on individuals.”
Wanderers will welcome back star striker Zac Walker and Englishman James Coutts for the one-plays-two clash and after missing the 2-1 win against Wangaratta last week. The pair have scored almost 20 of Twin City’s 45 goals this year.
But Afonso said the team was not limited to Coutts and Walker as scoring options.
“Clubs will always try something different against us, seeing we are undefeated and, of course, we need to adapt to that,” he said.
“But there hasn’t been a game where we haven’t scored, so whether they to play defensively or adopt some other tactic, we are comfortable.
“Saying that, Boomers have the best defence in the league so its the best attack versus best defence and that makes it worthy of a top-of-the-table clash.”
Boomers, sitting equal second with Myrtleford and Melrose behind the tearaway leaders after being beaten 2-0 by Melrose FC last week, will also add Melkie Woldemichael to their starting line-up but captain Adam Campbell is still another week away from returning.