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NPL Women’s NNSW Round 12 Preview: Adamstown, Maitland battle to stay in touch with top four

June 16th, 2022

Grace Clegg

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MATCH OF THE ROUND
ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD JFC V MAITLAND FC
LAKE MACQUARIE REGIONAL FOOTBALL FACILITY, SATURDAY 7PM

Maitland will once again look to bounce back and regain their winning momentum when they take on Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday night.

The Magpies suffered a 3-1 loss at the hands of Broadmeadow Magic last weekend in their rescheduled round three match and have not won any of their last four games.

Adamstown were not in action during last weekend’s round of rescheduled matches, with their last game ending as a disappointing 0-0 draw with Mid Coast in round 11.

Sixth-placed Rosebud are five points behind Maitland, with the Magpies having accumulated 16 points so far this season. After a strong start, Maitland’s back to back losses to Magic saw them drop out of the top four for the first time this season.

With a top four spot on the line Maitland will throw everything they have at Rosebud to get the three points. The Magpies also have a game in hand against Mid Coast over the four teams above them with plenty of matches left to play this season.

Although their form has not been ideal, Maitland coach David Walker is confident his side can get back to their winning ways.

Signing former Jets Academy defender Hannah Bourke and Adamstown pair Kiarra Lewis and Jemma Lawson could prove key for Maitland coming into their match against Rosebud.

“We have some great combinations [we’re working on] that are still to come with the new players coming into the squad,” Walker said.

“From a competition table perspective, it is important for us to bring a full match together against Adamstown.”

At the halfway point of the competition Adamstown have three wins, two draws and five losses. With a less than ideal first half of the season, Rosebud coach Ryan Campbell said his side have been focusing on themselves and to get the results they know they can.

“Overall we have been focusing on ourselves the last couple of weeks since the Mid Coast game,” Campbell said.

“The result and performance were very disappointing and we have been working hard to get back to what we’re good at. Our aim is to press Maitland hard and force them to make mistakes as well as be a lot more composed when in possession of the ball.”

Maitland won the round five meeting between the teams 7-5 with Bronte Peel and Mercedes McNabb scoring doubles for the Magpies.


MID COAST FC V NEWCASTLE OLYMPIC
TAREE ZONE FIELD, SATURDAY 6PM

Mid Coast and Newcastle Olympic will face each other for the second time in less than a week when they go head-to-head in Taree on Saturday night.

Olympic needed an 85th minute Alesha Clifford free kick to down Middies 3-2 in their rescheduled round five match on Monday.

It was a tough weekend for Mid Coast who played twice in three days, resulting in defeats to Olympic and Warners Bay. Following a strong two weeks which saw Middies get their first wins of the season, Mick Grass’ side will be looking for revenge on Saturday night.

Despite the loss to Olympic, Grass was adamant there was not much to fix after his side remained in the game for the full 90 minutes.

“A lot of our preparation depends on the players we have available,” Grass said.

“Overall I don’t think we’ll be changing too much about how we play.”

Sitting on just seven points, a win to Mid Coast would put them just one point behind sixth- placed Adamstown and will be a step in the right direction to moving up the table.

Olympic climbed into the top four for the first time this season after leapfrogging Maitland. A win to Paul Devitis’ side could see them move as high as third if other results go their way.

With four wins in a row under their belt Olympic will look to continue their winning momentum, despite putting in an average performance last weekend.

Devitis was under no illusions as to how dangerous Mid Coast can be and said his team needed to lift for the occasion.

“We’ve got Mid Coast again in Taree so we’ll definitely have to lift our football performance and our intensity to make sure we can put on another positive performance and get a result,” Devitis said.


NEW LAMBTON FC V BROADMEADOW MAGIC FC
ALDER PARK, SUNDAY 3.40PM

Broadmeadow will look to further strengthen their place in the top two when they travel to Alder Park to face struggling New Lambton on Sunday.

Magic are levels on points with leaders Warners Bay after a 3-1 win over Maitland last weekend, only behind the Panthers on goal difference.

New Lambton on the other hand are still searching for their first win of the season after an 8-0 loss to Charlestown Azzurri.

Magic could take the competition lead should Warners Bay slip up against Charlestown Azzurri on Sunday.

New Lambton have a mammoth task ahead of them as they take on Jake Curley’s in form Magic side. Sitting in last place on zero points and goal difference of -94, New Lambton have just four goals from 10 games.

But Eagles coach Mackenzie Davis remains optimistic and said her squad was showing signs of improvement every week. But she was under no illusions as to how hard her squad’s challenge against Magic would be.

“We will be trying to strengthen our passing patterns, giving the players plenty of options going forward,” Davis said.

“Magic are a dangerous side, especially with their set pieces so we’ll be looking to prepare for that too.”

Broadmeadow put 10 goals on New Lambton when they met in round five.


WARNERS BAY FC V CHARLESTOWN AZZURRI FC
JOHN STREET OVAL, SUNDAY 3.40PM

Competition heavyweights Warners Bay will look to retain their place at the summit when they host third-placed Charlestown Azzurri on Sunday.

After defeating Mid Coast 8-0 last weekend the Panthers remained on top of the table on 25 points ahead of Broadmeadow on goal difference.

Azzurri are six points back and a win would put them within touching distance of the top two.

Niko Papaspiropoulos’ side came away with a convincing 8-0 win over New Lambton last weekend and they will be looking to continue their momentum at John Street Oval.

“We want to put on a good performance and get a result,” Papaspiropoulos said.

“We’re obviously aware of [Warners Bay’s] quality and we will prepare accordingly and make sure we’re ready for it.”

With teams beginning to hit their straps at the midpoint of the competition, Papaspiropoulos knows how tight things are getting.

“It’s been quite a tight comp so far this season and [Warners Bay] is obviously a very good side and currently top of the table,” Papaspiropoulos said.

“They’ve had a little bit of inconsistency with that loss to Olympic a couple of weeks ago so I’m sure they’re ready to go. We’re keen for it.”

Despite their place on the table and eight wins from 11 games, Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins was not willing to rest on his team’s past performances.

“We can forget about the first game against Azzurri where we had a good win because everyone’s improving every week,” Atkins said.

“[Azzurri] are sitting up [the top] nice and pretty at the moment and we’re definitely looking forward to the challenge.

“I thought during [Saturday’s] game we got stronger as the game went on, so we’ve got to take that momentum into a very tough game against a quality Azzurri side.”

Warners Bay scored a convincing 6-1 win when the sides met in round five.

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