Ready to challenge ladder leaders

AFTER almost 30 years Melrose is within touching distance of the women’s soccer league title again.

Tomorrow they take on ladder leaders Wodonga Diamonds knowing a win can take them to the top and with a game in hand over their nearest rivals.

In a further boost to their chances, Diamonds will be without captain Bonnie Denison and striker Bethany Morgan.

Earlier in the year it was a 0-0 draw between the two but Melrose sweeper and midfielder Amy Martin wasn’t taking any solace from Diamonds’ losses.

“They had a number missing last time as well but Diamonds have so much depth across the park that any sub they bring on is just as strong,” she said.

“But our best 11 is a challenge to any team and we’re lucky to have a good blend between youth and experienced players that is gelling more this season.

“We are starting to believe we can win the league title.”

Diamonds’ Jacqui Hawkins said they simply needed to make more of their chances.

“We need to optimise our chances in front of goals and I think the loss to Myrtleford a couple of weeks ago, our first loss of the year, may have re-focused the girls,” she said.