LAST year's champions Bonnyrigg White Eagles are starting to warm to the task of defending their Football NSW Men's Elite 1 title.
The defending premiers defeated Manly 3-0 at the weekend to notch up their fourth win in a row — and their fourth win without conceding a goal.
In fact, Matthew Nash's perfect 90 minutes in goals (including a save from a penalty) on Saturday means they have not conceded a goal for 398 minutes.
The White Eagles have conceded only 10 goals in total in 13 games this season.
Bonnyrigg coach Brian Brown was a full of praise for his defence that has averaged a remarkable 0.76 goals per game in 2014.
"In our last nine games we have kept eight clean sheets; we are ecstatic with that," Brown told the Champion.
"The whole team from a defensive structure has been great and Mat Nash has been outstanding in that period."
Saturday's win keeps them in third place on the ladder; three points behind leaders Blacktown Spartans.
This week the White Eagles take on local rivals Sydney United 58 FC who are coming off three straight losses.
Brown said the derby is always a tough contest.
"Sydney United is always a tough game and it won;t be any different this week," he said.
"There are no easy games in this competition and our attitude is to always focus on this week and not look too far ahead."