Dandenong Thunder celebrate one of their many goals scored in 2016. Image: ASHLEY PEREZ PHOTOGRAPHY

NPL 2: As it stands

The traditional season is all but up for the Victorian National Premier League and two games remain for the East and West conference divisions.

The West conference looks to be the tightest out of the two with seven points separating first and fourth in the table after round 26.

St Albans Saints look most likely to be promoted into the top tier in the West conference with a steady 50 points holding them at the pinnacle.

North Geelong Warriors are close behind trailing by just three and will like their chances of gaining the maximum points from the remainder of the sides games.

The Warriors come up against an inconsistent Moreland Zebras and the Ballarat Red Devils who have failed to rise to the occasion in this year’s campaign.

In the East conference two sides are ahead by 20 points coming into the final fixtures and will battle it out for the minor premiership.

Dandenong Thunder have shown considerable improvement this campaign establishing themselves as the best attacking side in National Premier League 1 West conference.

On paper Thunder have the most formidable attack racking up 86 goals through the course of the year, more than any other side has mustered in the three Victorian tiers.

They have also conceded the second least amount of goals in the top three tiers only trailing by National Premier League premiers Bentleigh Greens.

Thunder will travel to eighth placed Eastern Lions in their next contest before hosting Springvale White Eagles in their final game of the 2016 season.

Kingston City trail by only goal difference and will also like their chances coming into the final two games.

City have arguably the tighter contests of the two teams as they host seventh placed Goulburn Valley Suns and then travel to face third placed Brunswick City.


About Elijah Macchia

Elijah is a journalist for a rural paper called the Wimmera Mail-Times, he has a passion for football, especially in Italy and Germany. He is an aspiring sports journalist and coach.

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