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HIT106.9 Northern League One Round 16 Preview: Eagles aim to take big step towards title against Stags

July 14th, 2022

Match of the Round
New Lambton FC v Toronto Awaba FC
Alder Park, Saturday 3pm

New Lambton will look to further strengthen their grasp on the premiership when they host Toronto Awaba on Saturday.

The Eagles welcome the Stags to Alder Park three points clear at the top of the table and eight points ahead of third-placed Toronto Awaba.

New Lambton are on an impressive run of form having won their last eight matches in a row. They will also enter the clash with the Stags fresh after their rescheduled round 14 match against Kahibah was again postponed on Wednesday night.

The Eagles may be flying high at the top of table on their way to a third consecutive premiership but they will need to be somewhere near their best against a much improved Toronto Awaba.

The Stags have been the surprise packet of the competition under Jarrad Hiles this season, sitting third and on track for their first finals appearance in a decade.

Toronto Awaba had a setback on Monday night, losing 1-0 to Kahibah at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility in their rescheduled round 15 match. The Stags were also denied the chance to bounce back against South Cardiff with their rescheduled round 14 match at Ulinga Oval postponed again on Wednesday night.

But they will be buoyed by their round seven showing against the Eagles, with Dylan Bozinovski scoring the only goal to secure the points for New Lambton in a tight affair.


Belmont Swansea United v Wallsend FC
Blacksmiths Oval, Saturday 2.30pm

Belmont Swansea United will look to keep the pressure on leaders New Lambton when they host Wallsend on Saturday.

Belswans are level on points with top of the table New Lambton heading into the weekend having played two games more. But any slip up against last-placed Wallsend would likely end their hopes for an elusive premiership.

Mick Stafford’s side have been in a mini slump over the last month, winning just one of their last four matches to fall from the summit before Belswans downed Thornton 4-2 in their rescheduled round 14 match at Blacksmiths on Wednesday night.

Wallsend will be on the hunt for just their second win of the season, with the Red Devils seven points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Wallsend went down 3-0 when they hosted Belswans at The Gardens in round seven, with Kane Woolston and substitutes Joel Nicholson and Isaac Watts on the scoresheet for the visitors.


Singleton Strikers v West Wallsend SFC
Civic Park, Sunday 2.30pm

Singleton and West Wallsend will look to inflict serious damage on one another in their pursuit of a finals place when they meet at Civic Park on Sunday.

The Strikers and Bluebells occupy fifth and sixth place on the table respectively heading into the weekend, with a defeat for either likely to make qualify for the finals a difficult task.

Singleton were comfortable 4-0 winners when the sides met in round seven, a result the Strikers will be keen to repeat.

But Singleton have been in a poor run of form since, losing four of their next seven matches, winning only twice.

West Wallsend have won four of their last five matches to climb back into finals contention, with a win likely to be a must if they are to reach the finals for the first time since 2019.

The Bluebells will also be out for revenge for that heavy round seven defeat at Johnston Park.


Kahibah FC v Thornton FC
Kahibah Oval, Sunday 2.30pm

Kahibah will look to further strengthen their finals hopes while all but ending Thornton’s in the process when the Rams host the Redbacks on Sunday.

Kahibah have won three matches in a row with victories over Singleton, Wallsend and Toronto Awaba helping the Rams climb to fourth, one point behind Toronto Awaba.

The Rams also have a game in hand on the Stags, meaning a win over Thornton for Mat Moncrieff’s side will have them firmly entrenched in the finals race as the season reaches its climax.

The Redbacks arrive at Kahibah Oval having lost touch with the top five. Thornton are five points adrift of fifth-placed Singleton following their 4-2 defeat to Belmont Swansea United in their rescheduled round 14 match on Wednesday night.

But if Thornton are to keep their fading finals hopes alive they will need a repeat of one of their best results of the season when they downed Kahibah 3-1 in round seven thanks to goals from Zane Estatheo, Joel Reddon and Kyle Williams.


South Cardiff FC v Cessnock City FC
Ulinga Oval, Sunday 2.30pm

South Cardiff and Cessnock City will play for pride when they meet at Ulinga Oval on Sunday.

The Gunners are eighth on the table, two points above Cessnock City in ninth.

It would take an unlikely set of results for either to make the finals with only three rounds to play, plus any postponed fixtures.

But the Gunners and the Hornets are also well clear of last-placed Wallsend, leaving them with little to play for except pride.

Both sides had rescheduled matches again postponed on Wednesday night, leaving them fresh heading into Sunday’s clash.

South Cardiff won the round seven meeting between the sides 2-1, with Jack Diebold and Yuvraj Singh’s efforts cancelling out Curtis Johnston’s goal for the hosts.

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