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By Isaac McIntyre
After their second bye of the season, the Newcastle Jets now return home to Hunter Stadium, looking to beat the undefeated table leaders Melbourne City in the 2015.16 W-League season.
That will be no easy task however, with City having delivered crushing defeats to many of the league giants, including defending champions Canberra United and as recently as last round their cross-city rivals Melbourne Victory.
The match kicks off at 2pm on the 13th December and the Jets will be hoping that their current run of form – undefeated in their last three matches – can be coupled with the home ground advantage as they look to weather the oncoming City storm.
The highlight of the Jets season so far has been the culmination of Coach Craig Dean’s ideology in the side, with their strong defense coupling with lethal chances in front of goals that saw the Newcastle girls sink Brisbane Roar 4-0 on the road.
Hopes rest on the shoulders of the Jets’ defense, with City and Newcastle both tied on least goals conceded in the league so far. However leading goal scorer Lisa Crummer will have her eyes set on spoiling the home side’s fun.
Having scored in every game of the season so far bar one and claiming ten goals in seven matches, Crummer is the main outlet for Melbourne’s dangerous attack.
The Jet’s center back partnership is going to be called up more than once to silence her in front of goals although the Jets have been recognized in keeping a clean sheet with not conceding a goal from four games out of six.
At least a point collected in the match is vital for Deans’ outfit as well, as they sit only a single point inside the top four, a place that they will be hoping to hold for the rest of the season.
Their first true test against an undefeated side looking to continue their run, the Jets will have to step up and deliver a stunning performance in front of their home fans – something that they’ve proven that they can do time and again when called upon to do so.
Sunday’s side will include new Jets signing Siahn Bozanic, who has joined the side for the rest of the 2015.16 Westfield W-League season.
Bozanic played with the Newcastle Jets Women in the 2013.14 season and has been playing in the Sydney NPL 1 since then. She will be an integral player in defence, especially for this weekend and Coach Craig Deans is looking forward to her contribution to the side.
One thing is for sure in the coming weekend – Hunter Stadium will come alive with fantastic performances on Sunday afternoon, as both sides set out to prove that they are the dominant force on the pitch – a match not to be missed.