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Herald Women’s Premier League Round 8 Preview

April 26th, 2018

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 LINDSAY GREEN  

Match of the Round

Adamstown v Thornton

Sunday 29th April, 2:30 pm

Thornton Park

Last start: Adamstown lost 4-0 to New Lambton, Thornton lost 5-0 to Merewether

Position on ladder: Adamstown 6th, 4 points; Thornton last, nil points

Squad news

Courtney Wiltshire will be away for the match and Taylor Kelly is out injured but Josie Rae and Clare Cummings return with Belle Hewitt most likely earning a spot in first grade for Adamstown. Thornton will be without Taylor Grant who is injured in an otherwise unchanged line-up.

What the coaches say

Adamstown coach Paul Devitis says the team’s morale and confidence are still high heading into Sunday’s match.

“We had a fantastic training session on Tuesday night and we talked about areas of improvement,” Devitis said.

“We are working on our ability to create chances from the middle third and our runs off the ball.

“Hopefully we can translate that into more goal scoring opportunities and we are working hard towards getting more positive results.”

Thornton coach Rob Richardson is hoping the hard work at training will pay off as his side is hungry for their first win of the season.

“We are still chasing our first points so there has been some restructure within the side,” Richardson said.

“I have emphasised the importance of completing the simple things and to stop gifting other team’s opportunities.

“We have a lot of respect for Adamstown as they are a good side with good people.

“There wasn’t a lot separating us in round one so we are looking forward to the game.”

Bottom line

There isn’t much separating these two sides with Adamstown’s only win of the season coming from round one against Thornton. Vocal captain Clare Cummings is a huge boost for Adamstown as she was sorely missed last weekend. The Buds have a team capable of competing with the best in the League but injuries and a lack of consistency have hurt them so it will be interesting to see how they perform as a near full-strength side. Thornton may be the cellar-dwellers but it would be dangerous to discount them. They have shown signs of good football against top teams but their own mistakes let them down. If they are able to keep possession and stop turnovers in their half they could very well win this one. A match that will go down to the wire with a draw potentially on the cards.

 

New Lambton v Wallsend

Sunday 29th April, 2:30 pm

Alder Park

Last start: New Lambton beat Adamstown 4-0, Wallsend beat South Wallsend 3-2.

 Position on ladder: New Lambton 3rd, 11 points; Wallsend 4th, 10 points.

Squad news

Both sides are expected to field last weekend’s starting line-up.

What the coaches say

New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton says his side is in for a tough match against Wallsend.

“Last weekend was a good performance which gives us a lot of confidence,” Hamilton said.

“We know that if we don’t turn up and play with the right level of effort and quality on Sunday we won’t get the result we want.

“We are looking forward to playing at home for only the second time this season and Wallsend are in good form so we are expecting another tight match like Round one.”

Wallsend coach Marc Hingston says it will be a strong battle as both sides are the two most improved teams in the competition.

“It will be a great promotion for the women’s game in Newcastle,” Hingston said.

“We both play an attractive brand of football and hopefully we both bring our A-game on Sunday.”

Bottom line

Both teams have started to find their form which makes for an interesting match-up. Wallsend has the chance to steal third on the ladder from New Lambton which will no doubt be a motivator heading into the game. Every team knows the key to the Devils attack is the strike power and pace of Libby Copus-Brown, Sass Seaborn and Laura Hall which must be shut down to keep Wallsend at bay. On the opposing side, Tara Andrews, Joey Burgess and Georgia Amess play similar combinations and are a force to be reckoned with. New Lambton may be new to the competition but have proved they are genuine contenders and will be hoping to continue their winning streak. It’s shaping up to be an exciting battle and scoring first has never been more important.

 

Warners Bay v South Wallsend

Sunday 29th April, 2:30 pm

Walker Fields

 Last start: Warners Bay beat Merewether 3-1, South Wallsend lost to Wallsend 3-2.

Position on ladder: Warners Bay 1st, 16 points; South Wallsend 5th, 6 points

Squad news

Both sides are likely to field a full-strength team with Warners Bay possibly making changes later in the week due to a few minor injuries.

What the coaches say

Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis wants her team to disregard the round one score line and come out of the sheds firing.

“The girls are really looking forward to the game after the bye last round,” Davis said.

“We know South Wallsend are a different team to when we last played them so the scoreline is something we won’t be thinking about.

“They will be eager for a win so we have to be ready for a tough battle.”

Bottom line

Warners Bay is the only unbeaten team in the competition and they will be hoping to continue their winning run. They boast quality and experience across the park and they certainly aren’t lacking any striking power or a strong backline. The strong leadership of Nadja Squires in the midfield and Toria Campbell in the backline has worked well for the Bay and will certainly benefit them on Sunday. South Wallsend is a new and improved team who will be looking to return to the winner’s circle and if the Wolves are at full-strength, they can be difficult to stop once they get the ball rolling. It won’t be a repeat of the Round one blow-out but Warners Bay will most likely take the chocolates.

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