Nick Eres stands firm between the sticks

Following the narrow 1-0 loss to Bentleigh Greens on Friday night, senior men’s goalkeeper Nick Eres spoke to Emma Burke from HUFC Media about the team’s performance, citing an improved showing that will eventually lead to full reward.

Eres’ own appearance in the game was nothing short of sensational, providing multiple key saves to keep the ‘Bergers in the contest. It wasn’t enough to secure the win, with Bentleigh pulling away towards the end of the second half off the back of a penalty that Eres tried desperately to keep out.

He showed a confident performance behind a well led line of defence, as his first crucial save of the game was made in the second half, demonstrating solidity and strength in the ‘Berger’s backline.

“It’s just disappointing not to walk away with the three points because we deserved it,” Eres said post-match.

“We can sit there and blame the decision, and obviously it wasn’t ideal, but you have to finish your chances.”

With off-season signing Brendan White remaining out of the side due to injury, Eres is looking to make the goalkeeper position his own.

“I’ve been here since I was a young kid so it’s always a pleasure to play for the first team,” he said.

“I feel like I’m coming into my own and finally seeing reward for hard work.”

Despite the disappointment of falling to such a narrow loss, the keeper was still quick to commend the effort and work rate shown by the team during the match.

“Today set a standard,” he said.

“If we play like that, we’ll win more games than we lose. We’ve just got to keep building on that and keep showing more heart.”

He continued by stating that all the team needs to “bring that heart to every game,” and the three points will be sure to follow.

The Heidelberg senior men’s team is getting set for Round 4 of the NPL this week, with the ‘Bergers still on the hunt for their first win for the season.

We are hosting Oakleigh Cannons on Sunday March 13 at Catalina St, with the game kicking off 3pm at Olympic Park.