Horsham and District Soccer Club will take on Vic Park on Sunday

NIMBLE: Jonah Dickinson avoids a tackle when Horsham played Vic Park in round five. Picture: DARRIN ISAAC
NIMBLE: Jonah Dickinson avoids a tackle when Horsham played Vic Park in round five. Picture: DARRIN ISAAC

HORSHAM will perhaps play in the team’s most important game of the season when it comes up against Vic Park on Sunday. 

Both teams are equal on 33 points on the ladder. 

The Vultures sit in fourth while the Falcons sit in third with a greater goal difference of four. 

This game will be detrimental to finals football for both teams. 

Expect the game to go one of two ways – it will either be a cagey affair and will open up in the latter stages of the tie or it will be free-scoring from the get-go. 

The Falcons have had plenty of time to rest up for the contest after a round bye last weekend and a Buninyong forfeit in round 13. 

The Vultures have improved dramatically in the past four rounds and in round 15 it knocked off first-placed Sebastopol 3-2. 

Young Falcons were victorious when the two squads met in round five, they won 6-2. 

In that meeting the Falcons dominated the Vultures with Jake Hinton scoring a hat-trick, Reuben Macchia scoring well-worked team goal and young guns Toby Riddell-Both and Mirza Demirkale scoring one each. 

The Falcons were also defensively sound in the match-up. Chances for the Vultures were few and far between with the Falcons scoring two own goals from corners. 

Several Falcons will return to full fitness after carrying injuries for a large portion of the season including young target man Noah Talbot. 

Talbot has been working tirelessly in the forward line and has provided a high-attacking high-defensive work rate. 

Forward supporter, Hinton, has embodied the high-high work rate with full effect in recent weeks – the coaching staff will encourage Hinton’s teammates to take some load off the striker. 

James Hibberd will be a player to watch in the upcoming fixture, the veteran has been important at the heart of defence and he has proven to be one of the best in the competition. 

Vultures forward Scott Gillett is a player the Falcons will need to be wary of.