Sunbury United returned to the winners’ list with a much-needed win against Essendon United in FFV state league 3 north-west.

The win, Sunbury’s second of the season, wasn’t the prettiest, but it got the job done in the end to win 1-0.

Sunbury vice-president Greg Czapnik said they made it hard for themselves.

Sunbury scored the only goal in the 40th minute through Ivan Skorich.

“It’s always good to get a win, especially away from home,” Czapnik said.

“We played into their hands in the second half especially when they only had 10 men.

“We didn’t play as well as we could have. We were … kicking long balls and started to panic.

“It was good to get away with the three points.”

Czapnik said it was the second straight week that they had failed to capitalise when the opposition was reduced to 10 men.

Against Craigieburn City they conceded two goals in that period and lost the game, their only loss for the season.

The win keeps Sunbury in touch with the top sides heading into the Easter break.

They sit fourth on seven points.

Czapnik said they were fairly happy with where they were. He said they would get some players back from injuries after the break which would strengthen the side.

“Going into the break on a win is really good, especially after an awful match the week before,” he said.

“We’re two points off second and five points off top spot. It’s still early days though. If we had lost we would have been having a different discussion.”

Sunbury faces Fawkner after the break.

Meanwhile, Gisborne lost to Westside Strikers in state league 4 west.

The Strikers scored twice in the first half through Jordan Borg and Raul Isac.

Gisborne got one goal back in the second half, but couldn’t get an equaliser, with the Strikers winning 2-1.

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