Top spot beckons for Glory Youth

Perth Glory Youth coach Gareth Naven says he will approach Sunday’s top of-the-table showdown with Melbourne Heart at 6PR Stadium, just like any other game.

Perth Glory Youth coach Gareth Naven says he will approach Sunday-s top of-the-table showdown with Melbourne Heart at 6PR Stadium, just like any other game.

Glory Youth are second on the table, one point behind the Heart, but Naven is more concerned with the overall performance of his squad.

“We are just trying to get better at what we do each week and Sunday is another opportunity to do that,” Naven said.

When asked if he-ll treat the game any differently, Naven was straight.

“No, not really.”

Sunday-s blockbuster is the NYL-s biggest game of the season and Glory enter the game with good form, unbeaten in their last four games.

“Inside the training environment the players have been fantastic and committed.

“It-s a slow process but they are slowly starting to adapt and do what we want.”

A sign of that development was last week, when the team responded once Captain Sam Mitchinson was sent off.

“I think it also tests you tactically as well.

“Are the players able to solve problems and cope with being a man down, so it-s a credit to them that they were up for the challenge.”

While Naven is reluctant to point out individual performances, the form of Ndumba Makeche is hard to ignore with the striker on target again last week with two goals.

“Born in 1992, history shows you that the 92-s through the state system are very good, “Naven added.

“Trent Sainsbury, Eli Babalj, Million Butshiire and Julius Davies are a range of people who have gone on for pro contracts, so I think he possibly gets his opportunity to play A-League, which is good.”

PERTH GLORY YOUTH v MELBOURNE HEART Sunday, December 18 6PR Stadium, Inglewood Kick-off: 5pm

**Full canteen and bar facilities will be available**

ENTRY IS FREE