NYL preview: Newcastle

Melbourne Victory is travelling to Newcastle to take on the Jets on Saturday morning as the Foxtel National Youth League season continues.

Melbourne Victory is travelling to Newcastle to take on the Jets on Saturday morning as the Foxtel National Youth League season continues.

The last time the two met was in round seven when Newcastle got the 2-1 win over Victory at AAMI Park in a curtain-raiser to Victory's Hyundai A-League clash.

Victory's NYL side is coming off a comprehensive and very impressive 5-2 win against Central Coast Mariners last week at Lakeside Stadium.

"The boys played particularly well and I was over the moon with the attitude and effort," Youth League coach Darren Davies said. The team put on an impressive effort with the midfielders working extremely well with the forwards, particularly the combination of Connor Pain and Christopher Cristaldo.

"It was good for CC (Cristaldo) to get on the scoresheet and great to get a hat-trick in sixty minutes. But obviously there are other people working very hard to help create those chances," Davies said.

"I expect a very, very tough game but we won-t focus on the opposition, we-ll focus on ourselves."

The task will be made harder with the team playing on the same day as the first team's Asian Champions League qualifier.

"There will be a number of changes this week. We are going to be delving into our train-on players, so this will represent a great opportunity for our train-on players to have some game time."

Davies is adamant his team is up for the challenge against the second placed Jets.

"Round seven was one of the best games we-ve played all season. We lost by a goal. They had five or six big names play and it was one of the highlights of the season because the boys got to play against that calibre of player and performed particularly well that day on AAMI Park.

"Hopefully they play all their superstars again and experience that again."

Melbourne Victory Youth League take on Newcastle Jets on Saturday, February 15 in Newcastle. Check in at MelbourneVictory.com.au tomorrow for a full match report.