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Purples to focus on little things

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June 24, 2017

Decisive Davies: Nathalia's Matt Davies was superb last week against Mulwala, and will have to step up once again to help his side return to the winner's list today against the Eagles.Davies delight: Nathalia's Matt Davies escapes the tackle as he looks to send his side forward on Saturday.

Nathalia must bounce back from its first loss of the season without a key member of its side.

Young star Bowen Smith has torn the medial ligament in his knee and will miss up to eight weeks of football.

The Purples will regain the services of captain Jarrod Maskell and defender Phil Carroll and it is the duo’s experience coach Craig Kellow is most looking forward to having back on deck.

‘‘It is the smaller things that we could have done better last week,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve gone through some of the simple things that we need to think through when the game is in the balance.

‘‘Those two will add a lot of experience, which is good when you have a young side.’’

After Echuca United took the scalp of Barooga last week, Kellow knows today’s match will be a hard-fought one.

‘‘We are very wary of what Echuca can do and what they are capable of,’’ he said.

‘‘They are one of the form teams in the competition and there’s no doubt that it will be a tough game.’’

Meanwhile, the Eagles are confident in their ability to engineer two upset victories in as many rounds.

‘‘It was a really great effort last week that I believe we can repeat again,’’ coach Guy Campbell said.

‘‘We’re of the realisation that one week of good performance isn’t enough.’’

After a huge influx of players entered the club in the off-season, Echuca United seemed to struggle to gel as a unit in the early stages of the year.

If the Eagles can snare a win against the Purples today, it will surely go a long way to ensuring the side continues to knit together as a team.

‘‘The chemistry of a side is hard to fast track, it comes when it comes,’’ Campbell said.

‘‘I’m rapt with how it is coming together, but it is still only early days with such a new group.’’

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