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NEWFM Northern League One Round 21 Preview

August 8th, 2019

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 JAMES WARD

 

Match of the Round

West Wallsend (4th) vs South Cardiff Gunners (3rd)

Sunday 11 August, 2:30 pm, Johnston Park

The top four sides have been decided for a monumental final series that is set to arrive soon, and two of those clubs will collide in Round 21’s Match of the Round.

West Wallsend will play South Cardiff in a huge clash at Johnston Park, with the two outfits out to attain the highest possible placing.

The Bluebells currently reside in 4th spot, and achieved a 2-1 victory over Thornton last start with leading goal-scorer Tye Jones taking his season tally to 18 with two strikes.

South Cardiff produced a comfortable 5-0 win over Toronto Awaba in their last start to move into third spot and will be eager to hold onto their placing.

The two sides were all square at 1-1 last time they played at Ulinga Oval earlier in the season, but both will want to test themselves again against a close rival.

The match will be South Cardiff’s last in the regular season as they have the bye next round while the Bluebells will move into the finals series before a game against Kahibah.

South Cardiff goalkeeper Tom Jenkin leads the league in clean sheets but will come up against the league’s top scorer in Jones which is sure to be an interesting battle.

 

Cooks Hill United (1st) vs Kahibah F.C (5th)

Saturday 10 August, 2:30 pm, Fearnley Dawes Athletic Field

Ladder leaders, Cooks Hill, will take on the ever-improving Kahibah in a clash that is sure to test the 2019 Premiers ahead of a semi-final series.

Kahibah’s second half of the campaign has been second to none, lifting themselves to fifth with some strong performances, most recently a 4-1 victory over Wallsend.

The Cookers last game was a 0-0 draw against South Cardiff, which was enough to see them claim an historic third-straight premiership, however the focus has now switched to attaining more silverware.

The black and white will have this game and then an enormous clash against Belmont-Swansea to wrap up their regular season while the Rams will look to finish their campaign w with a match against West Wallsend to end their 2019 season.

Last time these two played, they played out one of the games of the season with Cooks Hill embarking on a remarkable comeback to win 5-4.

The match will also showcase two players battling for the golden boot with Nick Russel on 12 strikes while Kahibah’s Rhys Tippett has notched 13 for the season.

 

Singleton Strikers (9th) vs Thornton Redbacks (6th)

Saturday 10 August, 2:30 pm, Howe Park

Thornton will travel to play Singleton as both teams look to cap off a tough 2019 campaign with a win.

Both outfits have been rocked by injuries frequently throughout the campaign, but the two sides will feel they’ve just fell short in terms of expectation.

The Strikers sit in 9th with five wins to their name this season, and their most recent outing was a narrow 2-1 loss to Belswans.

Singleton are always hard to beat at Howe Park, although the Redbacks will be aiming to finish the season as high as fifth.

The Redbacks dream of a late finals push was ruled out after a 2-1 loss to West Wallsend last start leaving them in 6th spot.

With pride on the line and no desperation, expect a free-flowing football match that could provide plenty of goals.

 

Cessnock City Hornets (8th) vs Belmont-Swansea United (2nd)

Saturday 10 August, 2:30 pm, Turner Park

Cessnock will host Belmont-Swansea with a clash at Turner Park to continue Round 21.

The Hornets have had a brave campaign, and challenged the top four places for a sustained period but eventually just fell short.

Three losses in a row as hurt the Hornets ability to achieve a high-placing including a 5-3 loss to Kahibah last time out.

The Belswans boys still have plenty to play for, and with a huge semi-final series arriving on their doorstep, they’ll be wanting to create some momentum heading into the big games.

The defending champions will be determined to make a fourth straight grand final but will first have to navigate Cessnock before a massive final round clash against Cooks Hill.

Cessnock will wrap up their campaign with an away trip to Thornton.

The Hornets also held onto a draw last time out between these two a Blacksmiths Oval and Belswans will certainly have to be at their best to earn a win.

 

Toronto Awaba Stags (11th) vs New Lambton Eagles (7th)

Sunday 11 August, 2:45 pm, Lyall Peacock Field

The final game of the round sees Toronto Awaba and New Lambton collide at Lyall Peacock Field.

The Stags will be desperate to earn a win and move past Wallsend on the table, with the Red Devils dealt the bye in the wooden spoon race.

A 5-0 loss to South Cardiff was another heavy defat for Toronto recently as the side has now conced 52 goals for the year.

New Lambton bounced back after four straight losses with a 3-0 victory over Thornton and the young Eagles will be wanting to continue that good form.

The Eagles will also wrap up their season with a home game against Singleton while the Stags have a giant clash against Wallsend to decide who holds the wooden spoon.

Last time these two played, the match finished 0-0, although the floodgates could open with the two sides bosting attack-minded players.

 

Wallsend (10th) have the bye.

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