Match of the Round
New Lambton FC 5-1 Toronto Awaba FC
New Lambton kept a firm grip on their place at the summit with a convincing 5-1 victory over Toronto Awaba on Sunday.
The Eagles exploded out of the blocks at Alder Park with Riley Taylor scoring twice inside the opening 13 minutes.
Tom Siderovski made it 3-0 just before the half hour mark only for the Stags to pull a goal back five minutes later through Jarrod Purcell.
The hosts took a 3-1 lead to half-time but extended it straight after the resumption through Dylan Bozinovski.
Fletcher Davis added a fifth 11 minutes from full-time to secure an impressive win for the Eagles, with New Lambton maintaining their place at the top of the table.
Tom Davies’ side are level on 32 points with Belmont Swansea United, though the Eagles have a superior goal difference and two matches in hand.
New Lambton will play one of those matches on Tuesday night, when they take on Singleton in their rescheduled round 15 match at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.
The Eagles will then turn their attention to their rescheduled round one match on Saturday when they host bottom of the table Wallsend.
Toronto Awaba will look to bounce back when they travel to Turner Park on Sunday to face struggling Cessnock City in their rescheduled round one fixture.
Belmont Swansea United 5-2 Wallsend FC
A Cameron Lodge hat-trick helped Belmont Swansea United keep the pressure on New Lambton at the top of the table with a 5-2 victory over Wallsend on Saturday.
Lodge opened the scoring in the second minute at Blacksmiths Oval and added a second five minutes before half-time. Kane Woolston’s effort just after the half hour mark gave the hosts a 3-0 lead at the break.
Woolston added his second 10 minutes into the second half before Lodge completed his hat-trick six minutes later to have Belswans 5-0 in front.
Matthew Williams scored a brace of his own to put some respectability back into the score but it was too little, too late for the struggling Red Devils as they succumbed to their 12th defeat of the campaign.
Wallsend remain last, eight points behind Cessnock City.
It does not get any easier for the Red Devils, with Wallsend to travel to Alder Park to take on leaders New Lambton in their rescheduled round one fixture on Saturday.
Belswans will enjoy a week off before traveling to Johnston Park to face finals-chasing West Wallsend.
Kahibah FC 2-1 Thornton FC
Kahibah took a huge step towards securing a finals place with a 2-1 victory over Thornton on Sunday.
The Rams are now in third place on 23 points and have a game in hand on fourth-placed Toronto Awaba, with the Stags two points behind.
It was a slightly fortuitous start for the hosts at Kahibah Oval as the Rams took the lead through veteran goalkeeper Scott Carter on 26 minutes.
Carter punted the ball downfield, with the blustery wind and a difficult bounce helping it past Thornton goalkeeper James Wand.
Kahibah doubled their advantage four minutes into the second half through veteran striker Rhys Tippett who continued his good form in front of goal.
Thornton pulled a goal back with eight minutes to play through Zane Estatheo but it was not enough for the Redbacks to avoid their sixth defeat of the campaign.
The loss sees Thornton in seventh place, five points outside the top five and having played a game more than fifth-placed Singleton.
Kahibah will look to continue their impressive run of form when they taking on struggling South Cardiff in their rescheduled round 12 fixture at Ulinga Oval on Wednesday night.
The Rams will then travel to Johnston Park to face West Wallsend in their rescheduled round one match on Sunday.
Thornton host Singleton in their rescheduled round one match on Sunday, with a win vital to keep their fading finals hopes alive.
South Cardiff FC 0-0 Cessnock City FC
South Cardiff and Cessnock City played out a goalless draw on Sunday to all but end both teams’ finals hopes.
The Gunners and Hornets were looking for three points at Tomaree Sports Complex to remain an outside chance of playing finals, with South Cardiff eighth on 14 points and Cessnock two points further back in ninth.
With Singleton having played the same number of games but sitting five points clear of the Gunners in fifth, and West Wallsend and Thornton also in hunt, anything less than a win would be fatal to South Cardiff and Cessnock’s chances of playing finals.
But neither side could break the deadlock with the match ending scoreless, with the point not enough for either side.
South Cardiff will host high-flying Kahibah in their rescheduled round 12 match on Wednesday night, while Cessnock face a busy week.
The Hornets travel to Johnston Park on Tuesday night to take on West Wallsend in their rescheduled round 14 match before hosting Toronto Awaba in their rescheduled round one fixture on Sunday.
The match between Singleton Strikers and West Wallsend SFC was postponed.
Meanwhile, Northern NSW Football announced on Friday its plan to complete its 2022 Premier Competitions.
See the changes to the HIT106.9 Northern League One competition HERE