Benalla will try to return to the winner’s circle tomorrow after a disappointing loss to Seymour.
The Saints have a tough road ahead, with games against Kyabram and Euroa in the next two rounds, making the clash against Shepparton United even more important.
‘‘We highlighted this as a season-defining month and it hasn’t started as we would have liked,’’ Benalla playing coach Luke Morgan said.
‘‘We went away from what we wanted to do and didn’t play how we want to, so we have to rectify it this week.’’
It was confirmed during the week that Tom Havers has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the rest of the season, but Jayden Guppy’s ankle injury was not as serious as first thought and he will line up against the Demons.
With James Martyn also unavailable for selection due to suspension, it opens the door for various Saints to return.
‘‘Jordan Wolff and Tom O’Brien missed last week due to unavailability, so they will come back in,’’ Morgan said.
‘‘Lachlan Thompson also didn’t play with a sore shoulder, so he’s a chance to push as well.’’
Meanwhile, Shepparton United coach Peter Sheehan also hoped his charges could show big improvement after consecutive heavy defeats.
‘‘We have got to be better than the last couple of weeks,’’ he said.
‘‘We did a pretty extensive review of the game on Tuesday night and we’re all looking for a much better performance.’’
Debutant Jye Chalcraft, 15, impressed in his first senior game for the Demons with two goals last week against Euroa.
Sheehan will be looking for a similar output from Sam Buxton in his first game against the Saints, with the United under-18 premiership player to replace ruckman Luke Lowden tomorrow.
‘‘Chalcraft was in our better players last week, and that probably tells you all you need to know about the performance of the rest of the side,’’ Sheehan said.
‘‘He (Buxton) has done everything right in the reserves and definitely won’t let anyone down.’’
As for how the Demons will tackle the job of taking down Benalla on its home turf, Sheehan said consistency across the game would be paramount to his side’s chances.
‘‘If we can just be around the mark with our intensity and effort all day, then hopefully there will be a positive outcome,’’ he said.