06/26/2012 9:36 AM
Bellingham United FC will travel to Victoria on Saturday June 30, looking to avenge their only home loss of the season against Victoria United.
Since the last time the two teams met, they have gone in completely different directions. Victoria United have lost 5 straight league matches after starting the season undefeated in the first 5, and Bellingham United have won 3 straight and are currently in second place in the standings.
The match is set to kick off at 4:30pm on Saturday, June 30 at historic Royal Athletic Park.
Bellingham United is on the road this weekend. They will travel to Victoria to take on Victoria United on Saturday, June 30. It is the team’s final trip to Vancouver Island this year, and the second to last road game.
Bellingham is currently on a three game win streak and will look to keep the momentum going as the season nears its end. Bellingham currently sits in second in the standings, but has played a couple more games than the teams closest behind them. But even if the rest of the league were to win all of their makeup games, the Hammers would only drop as far as fourth.
“We got to win!” Bellingham United Head Coach Lance Calloway said. “It’s a big weekend for us, but we have been positive. It’s a tough game on the road and they play very well at home.”
In the previous meeting between the two teams, Victoria stole a late winner in Bellingham. It is the only loss that Bellingham has had at home.
“When they played us at home, they moved the ball very well,” Calloway said. “They have some very strong players at forward. Steve Cooper is a very dangerous striker.”
Victoria started off the season strong, winning their first four games, they then drew with Coquitlam Metro Ford and have lost six straight since then.
Bellingham United will be dealing with fewer injuries than last week and because it is the only game of the weekend, will be able to start a strong squad.
“We should be at a fairly full crew and Drew Smiley will be in goal for us,” Calloway said. “He is great in big games. Hopefully everyone is fit and good to go; we need to come prepared to play.”