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Match of The Round
Warners Bay v Adamstown
Sunday, July 3, 2.15pm
At John St Oval
Last start: Warners Bay beat Merewether 2-1 on Sunday; Adamstown lost 3-1 to Merewether last night.
Meeting this season: Adamstown won 5-1 in round three and 1-0 in round 10.
Position on ladder: Adamstown lead with 34 points; Warners Bay (26) second.
Adamstown coach Ben Herron wants to see more desire from his team when they challenge Warners Bay this weekend in the wake of their first loss of the season.
Last year it was Adamstown who ended Merewether’s unbeaten streak as the competition headed towards the business end of the season.
And last night it was Merewether who turned the tables on their inner-city rivals and ended Rosebud’s unbeaten streak with a 3-1 win at Adamstown Oval.
“Merewether showed good desire and will to win and determination,” Herron said after the match.
“And we had one of those days where we just didn’t turn up and we paid the price.”
“The best thing we can do is forget tonight ever happened and start anew on Sunday. I will be putting the challenge to the girls that they need to turn up and show me if what I think of them is true.”
Adamstown remains the only team Warners Bay have not beaten this season.
The Bay made a slow start to the season and lost 5-1 to Adamstown in round three. But they found some form after that match and were unbeaten until meeting Rosebud again in round 10.
The competition leaders again won but only by one goal and this game looks poised to go either way.
Warners Bay coach Leon Davis felt Adamstown “haven’t really got any defined weaknesses”.
“With Merewether, their strength is in midfield, so we tried to match them there,” Davis said of their win over the defending champions last week.
“But with Adamstown, if you concentrate on the speed up front then they are going to get you defensively anyway.”
“I think the way to approach it is to just be positive in all areas across the park.”
This will be Rosebud’s third game in a week. They beat Wallsend 4-0 last Sunday to secure the inaugural Friendship Cup.
Both coaches expected to have their full complements available for the clash.
Thornton v Merewether
Sunday, July 3, 2.15pm
At Thornton Park
Last start: Thornton lost 3-1 to Wallsend on June 15; Merewether beat Adamstown 3-1 last night.
Meeting this season: Merewether won 7-0 in round three; Thornton won 1-0 in round 10.
Position on ladder: Merewether third (26), Thornton sixth (9).
Merewether will be full of confidence as they head towards the finals after becoming the first team to down Adamstown this season with a 3-1 victory at Adamstown Oval last night.
United coach Cassie Koppen said having her first full squad at her disposal “definitely showed” against the league leaders but was now bracing herself for mass losses this weekend against Thornton.
Lori Depczynski, Ellie Withers, Sarah Halvorsen, Sophie Jones, Imogene Tomasone and Bronte Walters are all out through other commitments.
Koppen will instead call on youth to complement the senior players left in the squad.
“We’ve got two or three 18s players who train with us and, realistically, with the personnel we have left, we should still get the job done,” she said.
Koppen nevertheless remained wary of Thornton.
“They drew with us last year and have beaten us this season and are definitely a bit of a bogey side for us,” she said. “They never give up.”
Thornton will not have played since going down 3-1 to Wallsend on June 15 when they take the field this weekend.
Wallsend v Mid North Coast
Sunday, July 3, 2.15pm
At Wallsend Oval
Last start: Wallsend lost 3-1 to South Wallsend last night; Mid North Coast lost 3-0 to South Wallsend on Sunday.
Meeting this season: Wallsend won 6-0 in round three and 9-0 in round 10.
Position on ladder: Wallsend (21) fourth, Mid North Coast (2) last.
Wallsend coach Marc Hingston felt as though his team “can’t buy a goal” at the moment as they suffered their second loss in the space of four days last night.
They lost 3-1 to South Wallsend in a rescheduled fixture at Walker Fields.
Wallsend started the season in sensational goalscoring fashion.
They were unbeaten in the first round of competition and scored 17 goals in those first seven outings.
They have one of the best attacking records in the competition of 39 goals in 14 matches. But they could not find the back of the net in a 4-0 loss to Adamstown on Sunday and struggled again last night.
“We hit the post twice in about 10 seconds tonight,” a frustrated Hingston said post-match last night.
“In terms of the game I thought we had 70 percent of the possession, it was just that final third that let us down.”
Wallsend will be without attacking weapons Briony Halcombe and Shannon Day this weekend due to unavailability.
Mid North Coast coach Matt Baker expected to have the same squad as last weekend for the road trip and was preparing for a tough match.
“We will expect a quick game from them,” Baker said.
“We’ll go down there and hopefully take a positive attitude and try to take it to them.”
Baker wants to see “better choices at the back” and for his strikers to be more clinical up front after Mid North Coast squandered three one-on-one attempts on goal with the South Wallsend goalkeeper last weekend.
South Wallsend – bye
Herald WPL points table: Adamstown 34, Warners Bay 26, Merewether 26, Wallsend 21, South Wallsend 14, Thornton 9, Mid North Coast 2.