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AMPCONTROL HERITAGE CUP ROUND 2 REVIEW
Round 2 of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup kicked off with a double-header at Cessnock’s Turner Park.
Zone League Two side Merewether Advance SFC took on hosts Cessnock City Hornets FC and built on their strong initial Round 1 showing with an impressive result against a side three tiers above them.
Lachlan Hodgetts got the Hornets rolling early in the second half with a goal but Merewether equalised late through Josh Dinnery to earn themselves a 1-1 draw and a point in their first appearance in the pre-season tournament.
Merewether Captain Adrian Mannell said the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup has been a great experience for the entire club.
“Being our 125th year, it’s been great to kick off the year in this format and take on sides a couple of divisions higher than us,” Mannell said.
“We’re stoked with the result and hopefully we can take this experience into the new season.”
On the other side of the fixture, Cessnock City coach Arthur Hodgetts said he’s disappointed that his side didn’t come away with the win.
“I thought we can play better than what we did,” Hodgetts said.
“It was our first hit out this pre-season so we suffered a bit in our first game, but we’re a work-in-progress and I believe the best is yet to come from the Hornets.
“Overall it was a good first game because Merewether are a tough side.”
In the earlier game of the night, Wallsend FC claimed the three points with a 2-1 victory over New Lambton FC to equal with Edgeworth Eagles FC at the top of Pool C.
Matt Williams and Ty Goldsmith grabbed the goals for Wallsend while Luke Rodgers got on the scoresheet for New Lambton.
Round 2 finished with Lake Macquarie City FC playing home to Minmi Wanderers, who proudly feature in the competition for the first time.
The NPL Northern NSW side proved too strong in the end though, running out 6-0 victors to make it two wins from two in Pool B and book their spot in the semi-finals.
Mitch Hunter put four past the Wanderers to take his impressive tournament tally to a six, while captain Sam Walker and Campbell Ross also found the back of the net.
Weston Bears FC, West Wallsend FC and Edgeworth Eagles all had the bye and will return to the field this weekend in Round 3 fighting for a position in the semi-finals.
The final fixtures of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup will see the Hornets taking on the Bears at Turner Park this Saturday at 6:30 pm in an Original Coalfields Derby, while Edgeworth will take on New Lambton in an ‘Eagles vs Eagles’ match that will decide top spot in Pool C.
That fixture has been revised to a 3:30 pm kick off this Sunday at West Wallsend’s Johnston Park, as has the penultimate pool game which sees the Minmi Wanderers travelling to play the Bluebells at a revised kick-off time of 5:00 pm.
The winners of each of the three Pools will go onto play in the semi-finals and will be joined by the highest 2nd placed team from the pools.
AMPCONTROL HERITAGE CUP ROUND 1 REVIEW
The annual Ampcontrol Heritage Cup kicked off for another season with nine sides from across the Hunter Region battling it out for the prestigious pre-season title.
The tournament, which hosts clubs that have been established for 100 years and over, began with National Premier Leagues (NPL) Northern NSW side Lake Macquarie City Roosters playing home to NEWFM Northern League One club West Wallsend at Macquarie Field.
The Roosters began the game strong, notching two early goals through Mitch Hunter to take the lead, however, West Wallsend didn’t lie down as Tye Jones and Joe Holt got on the scoresheet to level the match.
Lakes would go onto to claim all three points in Pool B though, as Charles Cox scored the winner late on in the second half.
Roosters Head Coach Nick Webb praised his opposition in his side’s victory.
“Westy [West Wallsend] were well structured, resilient and frustrated us at times but it was good to get the win in the end,” Webb said.
“We had eight boys missing but I was very happy with the result and to build on some of our combinations.”
West Wallsend coach Brendan Slade said he was proud of his player’s performances in the defeat.
“We’re happy with how we went against a quality NPL Northern NSW side as only a couple of errors cost us in the end,” Slade said.
“But it was great to get game time heading into the season.”
Elsewhere, reigning NPL Premiers, Edgeworth Eagles claimed victory against NEWFM Northern League One outfit, Wallsend FC at Rockwell Automation Park winning 2-1 to go atop of Pool C.
The first round of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup concluded with Weston Bears taking on tournament debutants Merewether Advance at Rockwell Automation Park.
The NPL Northern NSW side proved too strong scoring three second-half goals to seal a 3-0 victory and take first spot in Pool A.
Cessnock City, Minmi Wanderers and New Lambton FC all had the bye in the opening round but will play their first matches on Tuesday or Wednesday night.
New Lambton face Wallsend FC on Tuesday night, 6:30pm, at Turner Park before the hosts Cessnock City play Merewether Advance at 8pm. Minmi Wanderers will travel to Macquarie Field to take on Lake Macquarie City on Wednesday at 6:30pm.
The Ampcontrol Heritage Cup will be played out across the next couple of weeks, culminating with the Grand Final on Sunday 16th February.