Match of the Round
Thornton Redbacks (6th) vs West Wallsend (2nd)
Sunday 2 June, 2:30 pm, Thornton Park
Round 13 of the NEWFM Northern League One Match of the Round will deliver a big matchup with the Thornton Redbacks coming up against West Wallsend, in match that could have huge implications in the context of both clubs’ seasons.
The Redbacks find themselves in 6th spot and have had a mixed season so far having scored as many goals as they’ve conceded with 19. Collecting three points in this match could see them move closer to the top four and provide much-needed confidence against a top-four rival heading into the final games of the campaign.
On the other hand, the Bluebells have shown their class in recent weeks and earned a draw against defending champions, Belswans, last start to record back-to-back clean sheets while holding their 2nd placing on the ladder. With South Cardiff breathing down their necks, they’ll not want to lose this one.
Thornton’s season could potentially be on the line in this fixture to keep tabs on the top four, although they provided a good account of themselves against Cooks Hill, eventually going down 3-2 to the ladder leaders after leading at half time.
West Wallsend knocked over the Redbacks earlier in the year with a 2-0 win at Johnston Park and will be aiming to make it six games unbeaten in the league to keep Cooks Hill and the premiership in their sights.
Singleton Strikers (8th) vs Cessnock City Hornets (5th)
Saturday 1 June, 2:30 pm, Howe Park
Howe Park will play host to an immense match-up as Singleton Strikers will play rivals, Cessnock City with both sides coming off big wins.
The Strikers ended a horror losing run to knock over Toronto Awaba 4-1 last round and will look to build on that victory with a result against the Hornets, although the away side have recently found some form of their own.
Cessnock downed New Lambton 2-1 last start with Isaac Peek bagging a double and have risen to the 5th spot to be one of the contenders for finals football. A win at Howe Park could seem them move into a coveted temporary finals positions but in the last game they played against each other in Round 2 of 2019, both sides achieved a draw.
The mid-season signing of Joseph Cacic for Cessnock City has been an impressive one with the former NPL Northern NSW Lake Macquarie City man bringing with him NEWFM Northern League One finals experience which could greatly assist the Hornets in their pursuit of finals football.
Singleton’s Jackson Cox and Joe Civello have been in great touch recently though and will try to build on their impressive showing last week.
New Lambton Eagles (7th) vs Cooks Hill United (1st)
Saturday 1 June, 4:30 pm, Alder Park
New Lambton will host cross-town rivals, Cooks Hill United at Alder Park with the Eagles hoping to score a big upset while the Cookers look will to keep their unbeaten-season hopes alive.
Cooks Hill have a nine-point lead at the top and the potential to go on an ‘invincible’ type season having yet to lose a game so far in 2019, but they have tough away fixtures to navigate through first, starting with New Lambton.
The Eagles sit in 7th and a loss would see them slip further behind in the race for the top four while the Cookers lead the league in goals scored and will be looking for another three points to take their tally to 32 points.
The home side went down to Cessnock last round in a tough defeat while the black and white fought back from a goal deficit to overcome Thornton away from home their last start.
Cooks Hill also won the last game between the two clubs with a 3-1 win earlier in the season and will be hoping for more of the same come Saturday.
Kahibah F.C (9th) vs Wallsend F.C (11th)
Sunday 2 June, 2:30 pm, Kahibah Oval
Two sides near the bottom of the ladder will do battle in Round 13 with Kahibah facing Wallsend at home.
The home side is fresh off the bye and will look to create some good form heading into their massive FFA Cup fixture against Valentine Phoenix on June 8 in Round 6 of the competition, however the Red Devils will be looking to bounce back from their demoralising 8-1 loss to South Cardiff last round.
Wallsend is situated at the bottom of the pile in 11th although if they win, they could go equal with Kahibah on points. The Rams could boost themselves into 8th though with a win, and will need to if they want to return being in the chasing pack for finals football.
It will also be a battle of two of the competitions best strikers with Rhys Tippett – who sits on eight goals – coming up against Ty Goldsmith –six goals- and the winner of this clash will likely have a big effect on the result and although there remains a question mark over the latter and whether he is still going to feature for the club this year.
South Cardiff Gunners (4th) vs Toronto Awaba Stags (10th)
Sunday 2 June, 4:00 pm, Ulinga Oval
The final match of Round 13 will see the in-form South Cardiff take on the lower-tabled Toronto Awaba at Ulinga Oval.
The Gunners have had a string of impressive results including their huge 8-1 win over Wallsend last start and will look to begin chasing down Belswans and West Wallsend especially with two games in hand.
The Stags suffered a setback last round with a tough 4-1 defeat to Singleton to leave them stuck in 10th place and winless in five games and it doesn’t get any tougher at the moment than the Gunners on their home turf as they’ve scored 15 of their 25 goals when playing at Ulinga Oval.
South Cardiff duo, Dino Fajkovic and Sam Ford, have been in scintillating from recently netting five between the two against Wallsend, which only means trouble for Toronto-Awaba.