Match of the Round
West Wallsend SFC 3-0 Singleton Strikers
West Wallsend climbed into the top five with an impressive 3-0 win over Singleton on Sunday.
The Bluebells welcomed the reigning champions to Johnston Park on the club’s Old Boys’ Day one point behind the Strikers and looking to make a statement.
And the Old Boys did not have to wait long to get out of their seats as Josh Carroll unleashed a thunderous volley to give West Wallsend the lead after just 30 seconds.
Westy doubled their advantage just before half-time as Josh Murray finished from the top of the penalty area to make it 2-0 at the break.
The hosts killed the game off early in the second half when Carroll notched his second of the afternoon from a deft Jed Conway cross.
The victory saw West Wallsend climb to fourth, two points clear of Belmont Swansea United and Singleton.
It was a disappointing afternoon for the Strikers who slipped to sixth following the defeat.
The HIT106.9 Northern League One competition has its spare weekend for rescheduled fixtures next weekend, with Singleton to host Belmont Swansea United at Howe Park on Sunday in their rescheduled round seven match.
Brendan Slade’s side will then host struggling Cessnock City in round 17 the following Saturday, while West Wallsend travel to The Gardens on the Sunday evening to face Wallsend FC in the Wallsend Derby.
Cooks Hill United 3-1 Cessnock City
Cooks Hill United climbed to the top of the HIT106.9 Northern League One table with a 3-1 victory over Cessnock City on Saturday.
Cooks Hill knew the equation heading into the match, with a win over the Hornets at Fearnley Dawes Athletics Field enough to see them surpass leaders New Lambton on goal difference.
Cooks Hill were given a boost with Lee Ashton returning to the squad, with goals from Nick Russell and Lachlan Pasquale giving the hosts a 2-1 lead at half-time.
A third Cooks Hill goal from Jamie Byrnes sealed the result, the three points and their place at the summit for David Tanchevski’s side.
It was another disappointing afternoon for Cessnock, with the defeat the Hornets’ fourth in their last six games including last week’s heavy 6-1 loss to West Wallsend.
The result though was a vast improvement on the round four meeting between the sides when Cooks Hill won 11-0 at Turner Park.
The defeat saw Cessnock slump to 10th, five points clear of bottom club South Cardiff.
The Hornets will look to bounce back when they travel to Howe Park to take on reigning champions Singleton next Saturday, while Cooks Hill will look to maintain their place at the top when they host Belmont Swansea United in the Match of the Round.
Cessnock will also be in action during the spare weekend, traveling to Ulinga Oval to face South Cardiff on Sunday.
Kahibah FC 4-3 Wallsend FC
Kahibah celebrated just their third victory of the season as the Rams overcame Wallsend 4-3 in an epic on Saturday.
The win at Kahibah Oval saw the hosts climb to ninth above Cessnock City and was sweet revenge for Kahibah, who had gone down 4-3 when the sides met at The Gardens in round four.
The defeat was Wallsend’s fourth in their last five matches, with the Red Devils losing further touch with the top five. Wallsend are now six points behind fifth-placed Belmont Swansea United.
The Red Devils host West Wallsend in the Wallsend Derby next Saturday evening desperate for three points to help get their finals charge back on track.
Kahibah will look to build on the win when Mat Moncrieff’s side meet high-flying Thornton next Saturday.
Belmont Swansea United 6-0 South Cardiff FC
Belmont Swansea United climbed back into the top five with a 6-0 thrashing of South Cardiff on Sunday.
BelSwans were far too good for the Gunners, with the comprehensive win enough for Andre Gumprecht’s side to move to fifth.
South Cardiff remain last following their 11th defeat of a dismal campaign. The Gunners have now failed to win any of their last 12 matches, their only victory coming in their first match of the campaign in round two.
Things do not get any easier for the Gunners, with South Cardiff to travel to Alder Park to face reigning premiers New Lambton next Friday night.
BelSwans will face a much tougher test when they take on leaders Cooks Hill United in the Match of the Round next Saturday.
Toronto Awaba FC 3-6 Thornton FC
Thornton further cemented their place in the top five with a 6-3 win over Thornton on Sunday.
The Redbacks travelled to Lyall Peacock Field knowing they could not afford to slip up against eighth-placed Toronto Awaba, with the resurgent Stags having won three of their last four games.
The win saw Thornton remain third with the Redbacks one point clear of West Wallsend and the rest of the chasing pack.
The Stags remain eighth despite the loss and will have the next fortnight off to regroup thanks to the spare weekend followed by the round 17 bye.
Thornton have now lost just one of their last nine matches and will look to keep their finals charge on track when they host Kahibah next Saturday.