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Herald Women’s Premier League Round 21 Preview

August 2nd, 2018

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LINDSAY GREEN

 

Match of the Round

South Wallsend v Wallsend

Sunday 5th August, 2:30 pm

Walker Fields

Last start: South Wallsend beat Adamstown 2-1, Wallsend lost 4-0 to Warners Bay.

Position on ladder: South Wallsend 4th, 13 points; Wallsend 6th, 8 points.

Squad news

Wallsend will field their strongest starting side all season with playmaker Laura Hall set to return.

What the coaches say

Wallsend coach Marc Hingston said to finish the season with a win would be icing on the cake.

“We are pretty excited for this game because we really want to finish the season on a high,” Hingston said.

“After the first six weeks of competition, we were eyeing off a top two spot and playing really well but then we lost a few key players and had some injuries which made it difficult to stay consistent.

“When you can’t get the same consistent squad on paper each week, it makes it very hard to be successful but we have still managed to compete every single week and I think we have done well.

“We beat them the first time and then had a draw the second time so we know we are capable of getting the job done and winning would be a great way to finish our season.

“We haven’t got the depth that other clubs do which has made it hard but it would be great to get three points on Sunday.”

 

Bottom line

For the third time this season, South Wallsend take on Wallsend in a local derby that should see the best from both sides on display. Wallsend has only won twice this season, with one of those occasions being a 3-2 victory at Walker Fields. Consistency has been a hurdle both teams have struggled to overcome which may be the deciding factor. Who can step up in a match that means plenty for both clubs?

 

New Lambton v Adamstown

Sunday 5th August, 2:30 pm

Alder Park

Last start: New Lambton lost 3-1 to Merewether, Adamstown lost 2-1 to South Wallsend.

Position on ladder: New Lambton 3rd, 24 points; Adamstown 5th, 8 points.

Squad news

New Lambton should have everyone available but will be managing game time due to niggling injuries. Adamstown welcome back Taylor Kelly in an otherwise unchanged line-up.

What the coaches say

New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton emphasised the importance of performing well heading into finals.

“Obviously with one eye on Sunday and another on semi-finals, we need to make sure everyone comes through unscathed and ready for next week,” Hamilton said.

“There are a few small areas we are trying to improve in preparation for the next few weeks which will make a big difference to our game.

“Adamstown is a quality side and Paul is a great coach. They will have a lot of pride to play for on Sunday so we are expecting them to be a tough opposition.

“Whilst the result doesn’t necessarily matter, of course, we still want to win and it’s been a bit disrupted the last few weeks so hopefully, we can get the job done on Sunday.”

Adamstown coach Paul Devitis wants his side to enjoy football but is wary of the challenge they face against a strong attacking side like New Lambton.

“Last time we played them, we were leading 2-1 at half-time and they came out in the second half and scored three goals in five minutes which absolutely rattled us,” Devitis said.

“Looking back, it was probably a game we needed to get a win or at least a draw because it could have been a turning point for us.

“I know Keelan has been playing a pretty young squad the last couple of weeks and our side will probably be fairly young as well which makes it an even playing field.

“We are definitely going out to try and win and in a way, that allows the girls to play with more freedom because we don’t have that added pressure that’s been on us the last couple of weeks.

“I know the girls will do their best and I just want them to enjoy playing together for the last time this season.”

 

Bottom line

Two teams who could potentially go all the way and yet only one is headed for finals in a surprising twist of fate. New Lambton continues to impress in their first year of competition and will be hoping for a strong performance heading into semi-finals. Adamstown was hit with a mounting injury list mid-season and have struggled to recover but they will want to finish their season on a high. New Lambton may have walked away with the three points on previous occasions, but a determined Adamstown outfit is a scary prospect and the Eagles will need to be at their best for another victory.

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