NPL NNSW Round 6 Preview

May 6th, 2021

 Sproule Sports Focus

Match of the Round

Lambton Jaffas v Newcastle Olympic
Arthur Edden Oval, Saturday 2.30pm

Lambton Jaffas will look to maintain the pressure on Broadmeadow at the top of the table when they host Newcastle Olympic on Saturday.

The Jaffas are second, one point behind leaders Broadmeadow, following their 3-0 victory over Adamstown Rosebud in round five.

Kale Bradbery continued his fine form with the opener midway through the first half, with Ben Hay doubling the advantage on the half hour mark.

Matthew Berrigan came off the bench to seal the result in the 90th minute as former A-League goalkeeper Ben Kennedy kept his second clean sheet of the season.

James Pascoe’s side will look to make it four wins in a row, while Newcastle Olympic are chasing their third straight victory.

Olympic climbed into the top five with an epic come from behind 3-2 win over Lake Macquarie City last time out.

Olympic trailed 2-0 after 14 minutes at Darling Street before two Lakes own goals in seven minutes gave the hosts eight minutes to find a winner.

Captain Rhys Cooper did just that in the final minute to give Olympic a memorable win, their second heroic victory in as many weeks after they held on with 10 men to beat Edgeworth.

Both sides will be backing up from midweek fourth round FFA Cup action.

Newcastle Olympic downed HIT Northern League One club Cooks Hill United 6-1 on Tuesday night thanks to a Luke Vallone hat-trick. While Lambton travelled to Victoria Road to face Zone League Two side Bolwarra Lorn on Wednesday night.

Lake Macquarie City v Charlestown Azzurri
Macquarie Field, Friday 7.45pm

Lake Macquarie City and Charlestown Azzurri will attempt to keep within touching distance of the finals places when they meet at Macquarie Field on Friday night.

Lakes will still be seething having thrown away a 2-0 lead thanks to early goals from Tomasz Kowalski and Josh Maguire to lose 3-2 to Newcastle Olympic last time out. While Azzurri will also look to bounce back having gone down 2-0 to Edgeworth in round five.

Both sides have been in action despite the spare weekend, with Lakes beating Westlakes Wildcats 7-1 in the FFA Cup fourth round on Tuesday night.

Azzurri also saw off HIT Northern League One club Kahibah FC 4-2 in their FFA Cup clash last week before Valentine held them to a scoreless draw in their rescheduled round one fixture on Sunday.

Josh Rufo will know his side need to start turning good performances into points, with City having lost three games by a single goal so far this season.

Azzurri meanwhile will attempt to build some momentum and keep touch with the top five following their slip up against Valentine.

Edgeworth FC v Weston Workers FC
Jack McLaughlan Oval, Sunday 2.30pm

Weston Workers have the chance to distance themselves from those below them on the NPL NNSW table when they travel to Jack McLaughlan Oval to take on Edgeworth.

Should the fifth-placed Bears down the sixth-placed Eagles on Sunday they would move six points clear of the reigning premiers and champions to strengthen their position in the finals places.

Weston enjoyed last weekend off after they ended Maitland’s unbeaten run in round five thanks to Thomas Duggan’s winner before knocking Zone Premier League side Mayfield United SFC out of the FFA Cup on Tuesday night.

Edgeworth have enjoyed the full two-week break since their 2-0 victory over Charlestown Azzurri in round five thanks to second half goals from Jeremy Brockie and substitute James Scott.

Michael Bridges’ side climbed back to within touching distance of the top five with the victory after a sluggish start to the campaign.

Edgeworth will travel to Alder Park to play HIT Northern League One leaders New Lambton in their fourth round FFA Cup match on Wednesday night.

Broadmeadow Magic v Adamstown Rosebud
Magic Park, Sunday 2.30pm

Broadmeadow will look to maintain their unbeaten start and their place at the top of the NPL NNSW table when they host Adamstown Rosebud on Sunday.

Magic climbed to the summit after round five following their 4-0 victory over Valentine and Maitland’s defeat to Weston.

Broadmeadow had to do it the hard way against Valentine after Jacob Harris was sent off before the half hour mark, though a brilliant individual performance from Sam Walker helped get Magic home as he scored all four Broadmeadow goals.

Damian Zane’s side have been perfect since their opening day draw with Lake Macquarie City. Zane has seemingly hit the ground running at Magic following his move from Edgeworth where he had turned the Eagles into the dominant force in the competition.

While they enjoyed last weekend off Broadmeadow will be backing up from midweek FFA Cup action, with Magic eliminating Zone Premier League club Kotara South 4-0 at Magic Park in their fourth round clash on Tuesday night.

Adamstown also eliminated Zone Premier League opposition from the FFA Cup on Tuesday night, downing Newcastle Suns 5-1.

Rosebud had last weekend off following their 3-0 defeat to Lambton Jaffas in round five.

Maitland FC v Valentine FC
Cooks Square Park, Sunday 4.30pm

Maitland will look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season when they host Valentine on Sunday.

The Magpies crashed from the top of the table to third following their upset 1-0 loss to Weston in round five.

Maitland had last weekend off to lick their wounds before hosting reigning HIT Northern League One champions Singleton in the fourth round of the FFA Cup on Wednesday night.

Valentine make the trip to Cooks Square Park having earned their first point of the season in their goalless draw with Charlestown Azzurri on Sunday. The match was their rescheduled round one fixture which was washed out on the opening weekend of the season.

The point was not enough to drag Valentine off the bottom of the table but will give Adam Hughes’ side some confidence that they could get something from the match against the 2020 grand finalists who suffered their first setback of the season last time out.









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