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Warners Bay v South Wallsend
Sunday, May 21, 2.15pm
At John Street Oval
Last start: Warners Bay beat Thornton 7-0 on Sunday; South Wallsend drew 1-1 with Wallsend last night.
Last time they met: Warners Bay won 1-0.
Position on ladder: Warners Bay second, 24 points; South Wallsend fifth, eight points.
Squad news: Warners Bay should be at full strength. South Wallsend will be without Maddie Searl after she was red-carded for misconduct last night and Stacey Day and Laynee Field are both in doubt after sustaining minor injuries against the Red Devils.
What the coaches say: Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis was impressed with South Wallsend last time these two sides met and knows they have plenty of danger players.
“They’re going to be hard, they’ve got some quality players with plenty of experience, but we just need to concentrate on ourselves and keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
South Wallsend coach Gary Wilson was “super proud” of his side’s effort against Wallsend last night, especially considering “we had a few out and players playing in foreign positions”.
He said the main objective remained showing improvement with each outing.
Bottom line: Warners Bay haven’t lost a game since round five and the 2-1 loss to Merewether has been their only defeat this season. They have scored 20 goals in their past three outings and are ticking over nicely. The hosts will be at full strength and expect them to be switched on and ready for another strong performance ahead of their rematch with United in round 12. Meanwhile, this will be South Wallsend’s sixth game in three weeks. The loss of Maddie Searl will be a big one but they still have plenty of experience in the mix. The Wolves led on Sunday before conceding a late penalty and going down 3-2 to Adamstown then again led last night before the game ended in a draw. The Wolves remain only one win out of the top four and will be keen to get a win on the board. If Southy take their chances they should be right in this.
Mid North Coast v Adamstown
Sunday, May 21, 2.15pm
At Taree Zone Fields
Last start: Adamstown beat South Wallsend 3-2 on Sunday; Mid North Coast lost 3-1 to South Wallsend on May 7.
Last time they met: Adamstown won 5-1 in round four.
Position on ladder: Adamstown third, 11 points; Mid North fourth, 10 points.
Squad news: Adamstown should be at full strength and Kate Lindsay is expected to have more impact again after playing well from the bench last weekend. Mid North Coast coach Mick Day expected some squad changes but won’t finalise a line-up until after training tonight.
What the coaches say: Adamstown coach Lou D’Amico was not reading too much into the lopsided scoreline when these sides last met.
“It was really windy and I think every team that had the wind that day up there won,” D’Amico said.
“But they were a well-organised side and played a good passing game
“Our players are confident after last weekend but we’ve got to keep building.”
Mid North Coast Mick Day said they were keen to atone for their last result against Rosebud.
“Our only bad game this season was against Adamstown and we have focused hard since then and our season’s results have shown that we are contenders,” Day said.
Bottom line: Adamstown showed great character to fight back twice last week to secure an important 3-2 win over South Wallsend. It was not only a much-needed confidence boost, it also promoted Rosebud into third place. A win this weekend would put them four points clear of fourth-placed Mid North Coast and with everyone on deck they give themselves their best chance of collecting another victory. Mid North Coast will not have played for a fortnight when they take the field, not since their tough weekend double-header against South Wallsend. The rest would have been welcome with quite a few niggles out of that weekend and the home side should be fresh and ready to go. This should be a great game between two sides hungry for a result.
Wallsend v Thornton
Sunday, May 21, 2.15pm
At The Gardens
Last start: Wallsend drew 1-1 with South Wallsend last night; Thornton lost 7-0 to Warners Bay on Sunday.
Last time they met: Wallsend beat Thornton 8-1 on May 3.
Position on ladder: Wallsend sixth, six points, Thornton last, nil points.
Squad news: Thornton get a huge boost with the surprise return of Sophie Milton to the squad. The Redbacks were not expecting their former leader to play this season but be back in 2008. Wallsend will be without striker Kally Lewis, who was red-carded for misconduct last night. W-League Jets player Libby Copus-Brown returned from injury for the second half and is expected to start on Sunday. Casey Smith also returns for the Red Devils after missing the past few games through unavailability.
What the coaches say:
Thornton coach Alan Primmer said the goal was to “hit back after last time we played them”.
“Concentration is killing us,” Primmer said.
“It was 3-0 on Sunday against the Bay in the 85th minute and they finished with seven.
“Our attitude has improved over the past couple of games, we just need to keep working hard.”
Wallsend assistant coach Strat Kapalos said their only concern at this stage remained the final third.
“We dominated possession again last night but hit the crossbar numerous times,” Kapalos said.
“We’ve just got to convert our chances and be more clinical.”
Bottom line: Wallsend were ruthless in front of goal against Thornton the last time these two sides met, but that has been the only time this season they have been able to convert their chances with such clinical effect. They are creating plenty of opportunities but have struggled in many games this season to find the back of the net. The draw last night was their third this season and this could be telling come season’s end if they don’t start getting some wins. The loss of Kally Lewis for two matches won’t help the cause. The return of Sophie Milton should give Thornton a huge lift as they try to atone for their last meeting and get their first points of the season.
Merewether – bye
Points table: Merewether 27, Warners Bay 24, Adamstown 11, Mid North Coast 10, South Wallsend 8, Wallsend 6, Thornton 0.