NPL NNSW Round 14 Preview

July 8th, 2021

 Sproule Sports Focus

Match of the Round

Weston Workers FC v Maitland FC
Rockwell Automation Park, Saturday 5pm

Match postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Lambton Jaffas v Adamstown Rosebud
Arthur Edden Oval, Saturday 2.30pm

Lambton will look to keep the pressure on leaders Broadmeadow when they host struggling Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday.

The Jaffas are second, one point behind Magic with five rounds to play. Shane Pryce and Bobby Naumov’s side battled hard to remain within touching distance last weekend as they overcame Lake Macquarie City 3-2 despite being reduced to 10 men.

Lambton will be without Tom Waller who was sent off against Lakes. Jaffas though are in excellent form, having gone unbeaten in their last six league matches, and will be looking for more quality in front of goal from Kale Bradbery with the striker one goal behind in the leaders in the race for the golden boot.

Adamstown will be fresh for the trip to Arthur Edden Oval after their round 13 match of the round against Valentine was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Rosebud appear to have turned a corner in the last month, with Adamstown unbeaten in their last three matches with the run including draws with Weston and Charlestown as well as an upset win over Newcastle Olympic.

Lambton were comfortable 3-0 winners when the sides met at Adamstown Oval in round five, with Jaffas looking for a similar result to maintain the pressure on Broadmeadow.

Lake Macquarie City v Newcastle Olympic
Macquarie Field, Saturday 5pm

Newcastle Olympic will be desperate to get their season back on track when they face Lake Macquarie City on Saturday evening.

Olympic’s form has nose-dived since qualifying for the FFA Cup’s national round of 32, with Joel Griffiths’ side losing its last four matches in a row, winning just one of its last six.

That runs includes a 2-1 defeat to Edgeworth last weekend. While Olympic remain in fifth place, they have invited the rest of the chasing pack back into the race for a finals place, with Olympic now only one point clear of Weston.

Lake Macquarie City coach Josh Rufo will feel his side must win this game at Macquarie Field if they are to play finals football, with Lakes five points behind Olympic in eighth.

Lakes have shown great improvement in 2021 and will be keen to push on over the final five rounds as they attempt to complete a monumental turnaround from their last-placed finish last season.

Six of Lakes’ seven defeats this season have been by a single goal, including last weekend’s 3-2 loss to heavyweights Lambton and the round five clash with Olympic, which the hosts won 3-2 at Darling Street.

Edgeworth FC v Charlestown Azzurri
Jack McLaughlan Oval, Sunday 2.30pm

Edgeworth will continue their quest to hunt down the leaders when they host struggling Charlestown Azzurri on Sunday.

The Eagles are fourth on 21 points but have two matches in hand on third-placed Maitland and one game in hand on the rest of the top five.

Michael Bridges’ side have lost just once in their last seven matches, winning the other six including last weekend’s hard-fought 2-1 win over Newcastle Olympic.

New Zealand international Jeremy Brockie scored his seventh goal of the season in that victory, leaving him one goal behind the leaders in the race for the golden boot.

Charlestown’s finals hopes could be dashed with a defeat at Jack McLaughlan Oval, with Azzurri having won just one of their last six matches.

Graham Law’s side battled hard before Maitland ultimately saw them off last weekend, with Charlestown going down 4-2.

Edgeworth downed Charlestown 2-0 when the sides met at Lisle Carr Oval in round five.

Broadmeadow Magic v Valentine FC
Magic Park, Sunday 2.30pm

Match postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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