Williams ready for Shepparton clash

Fresh from playing against one of the biggest teams in world football, Melbourne Heart FC winger David Williams is already excited about the Red and White’s first pre-season hit out in Shepparton this Thursda

Fresh from playing against one of the biggest teams in world football, Melbourne Heart FC winger David Williams is already excited about the Red and White-s first pre-season hit out in Shepparton this Thursday.

Williams lined up with the A-League All Stars against Manchester United on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium, but has rejoined his teammates as they gear up to face a regional select side this Thursday night.

The GNEFA All Stars - made up of players within the Goulburn North East Football Association - may be a different test in comparison to United, but Williams is not underestimating the task.

“I-ve got a job to do here at the Heart, and I-m just happy to be back with the boys and we-ve got a game on Thursday night against Shepparton; our first hit out and it-s exciting,” Williams said.

Williams played a substitute role late in the match against the English Premier League champions and the experience has already had a positive effect on the dynamic winger, who scored four goals for Heart last season.

“[It was] a huge buzz; [I-m] very honoured to get the opportunity to do it; and they-re such a class team - you stand in awe, but also you give them respect, but at the end of the day we had a job for ourselves and that was just to do the best we can,” Williams said.

“It was a good opportunity and I think we were all excited and took [the opportunity] with open arms.

“The biggest thing I noticed was they [United] knew what they wanted to do early, before they even received the ball.

“They always knew where it was going and I think the simplicity of their game was just very direct, it wasn-t too complicated and their ball skills are just unbelievable.

While Williams will be hoping the Red and White can secure a win in the Club's first pre-season hitout in 2013, his approach to the All Stars match might rub off on this week's opponents.

“We planned as best we could in the time frame that we had and I thought we had a really good week leading up to it," Williams said.

"It was good to be part of the All Stars team and especially the quality of the team we had, it was quite well organised and if we had more time, you never know how much better we could have done.

Williams said that the A-League All Stars concept had to take ‘baby steps- initially but would grow over time.

Match Details Thursday 25 July 2013 Goulburn North East Football Association All Stars vs Melbourne Heart FC McEwen Reserve Kick-Off: 7.15pm Entry: Free