Match of the Round
Warners Bay v Wallsend
Sunday 2pm at John St Oval
Encounters this season: 1-1 draw in round 2; Wallsend won 3-2 in round 9
Last start: Warners Bay were beaten 2-0 by South Wallsend in round 14; Wallsend lost 6-0 to Adamstown in round 14
Thornton v Adamstown
Saturday 2pm at Thornton Park
Encounters this season: Adamstown won 9-2 in round 2 and 6-0 in round 9
Last start: Thornton lost 3-2 to Mid North Coast in round 14; Adamstown beat Wallsend 6-0 in round 14
Mid North Coast v Valentine
Sunday 2pm at Taree Zone Field
Encounters this season: Valentine won 5-3 in round 2 and 2-0 in round 9
Last start: Valentine lost 4-0 to Merewether in round 14; Mid North Coast beat Thornton 3-2 in round 14
South Wallsend v Merewether
Sunday 2pm at Walker Fields
Encounters this season: Merewether won 2-1 in both matches
Last start: South Wallsend beat Warners Bay 2-0 in round 14; Merewether beat Valentine 4-0 in round 14
Points table: Adamstown 31, Merewether 31, Valentine 25, South Wallsend 16, Mid North Coast 14, Thornton 12, Wallsend 9, Warners Bay 8.
There is plenty at stake with six rounds remaining in the Herald Women’s Premier League.
A quick look at the competition ladder indicates Warners Bay’s clash with Wallsend is a bottom of the table battle but the match could in fact be played with all of the feeling of a final as a loss for either team could signal the end of their season.
Mathematically the two sides could still finish fourth but realistically it might be impossible if they do not win this weekend.
Mid North Coast will be similarly desperate for points when they host third-placed Valentine on Sunday in an attempt to strengthen their semi-finals claims.
Mid North Coast have won at their past three outings to surge into fifth place while Valentine are coming off a 4-0 loss to league leaders Merewether.
South Wallsend can consolidate fourth place with a win this weekend but toppling unbeaten Merewether will be a tough ask.
The match will be the start of a tough month for Merewether, who have four washed-out games still to be played with just six rounds remaining in the season proper.
Adamstown have scored a combined two-game total of 15 goals against Thornton in previous encounters this season and both coaches agree mindset will be the key.
Adamstown will be warned against complacency while Redbacks coach Alan Primmer will urge his side against being overawed.