NPL preview: Werribee v Victory

Melbourne Victory completes its NPL2 West campaign with a trip to Werribee City on Saturday.

Victory returned to winning ways in the previous round, beating Sunshine George Cross 4-2 at Knights Stadium.

Liston Diaz, 17, and Yazid Said, 18, scored braces in Victory's success.

For Said, the winger became the fifth Victory player to reach at least five goals this season, while Diaz's strikes were his first at NPL2 West level.

Jack Palazzolo, 18, tops Victory's goalscoring charts with eight this campaign.

Victory is seventh on the table ahead of its trip to Galvin Park, where it faces the fifth-placed host.

Werribee recorded a 2-1 win over Victory when the teams met at Epping Stadium in April.

Head coach Gareth Naven

"This campaign I think there's been large improvements. Understanding that our competition, the NPL, is a tough competition and at times we can play a beautiful game of football and at times we can't play a beautiful game of football and it's deciding the moment when we can play and when we can't. I think you'll find whatever competition you face in the world, that's happening. Our players' understanding of that is getting better.

"And understanding the things that influence the match, in regards to free-kicks, when the momentum of the match swings towards the opposition, how do we manage those situations? I think their experience in understanding that, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, is setting them up in being better equipped to playing men's football."

This week

NPL2 West 2018 Round 28
Werribee City v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, September 8, 3.00pm AEST
Galvin Park, Melbourne

U20 NPL2 West 2018 Round 28
Werribee City v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, September 8, 12.30pm AEST
Galvin Park, Melbourne

U18 NPL West 2018 Round 26
Melbourne Victory v Pascoe Vale
Sunday, September 9, 10.45am AEST
Partridge Street Reserve, Melbourne

U15 NPL West 2018 Round 26
Melbourne Victory v Pascoe Vale
Sunday, September 9, 9.00am AEST
Partridge Street Reserve, Melbourne

Last week

NPL2 West: Sunshine George Cross 2 Victory 4 (Diaz 32'/37', Said 42'/89')
U20 NPL2 West: Sunshine George Cross 0 Victory 1 (Bello 18')