Match of the Round
Cessnock City Hornets FC v Thornton Redbacks FC
Sunday 2.30pm – Turner Park
Cessnock City and Thornton will resume their seasons when they clash at Turner Park on Sunday.
The Hornets won their only fixture before the suspension of football due to the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, downing Singleton 3-1 to sit third on the NEWFM Northern League One table.
Thornton lost their only fixture before the break, a 2-1 defeat to 2019 grand final winners Belmont Swansea, in round two having been handed an opening round bye.
Cessnock got the better of Thornton last season, beating the Redbacks 1-0 before playing out a 1-1 draw in the final round.
Both clubs secured mid-table finishes in 2019 and will be hoping to hit the ground running after the re-start to build a push towards the finals places.
Cooks Hill United FC vs New Lambton FC
Saturday 2.30pm – Fearnley Dawes Athletics Field
New Lambton will look to keep their early 100 per cent record intact when they face a tough away clash with 2019 premiers Cooks Hill United on Saturday.
The Eagles won their only fixture before the break, thrashing Wallsend 6-0, to sit second on the table.
Cooks Hill, who went down in the 2019 grand final, were upset in their only match so far as they were beaten 2-1 by South Cardiff to sit ninth. Their opening round clash with Belmont Swansea was washed out, as was New Lambton’s round one meeting with Toronto Awaba.
The teams split the points last season as Cooks Hill downed New Lambton 3-1 before the Eagles turned the tables with a 3-0 victory.
Cooks Hill will look to get their push for a second consecutive premiership back on track with a win, while a win for New Lambton would continue their unbeaten start.
Singleton Strikers v Toronto Awaba FC
Saturday 2.30pm – Howe Park
Singleton and Toronto Awaba will look to finally get their seasons going when they meet at Howe Park on Saturday.
The Strikers are one of only three sides to have played both matches in the opening two rounds, beaten in the opening round by Cessnock City before being held to a goalless draw with West Wallsend.
Toronto Awaba meanwhile had to endure the frustration of an opening round wash out with New Lambton before playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Kahibah.
Singleton scored the double over Toronto Awaba last season, downing the Stags 4-2 in the opening round before securing a 4-1 thrashing.
The Stags and Strikers share sixth and seventh place on the table respectively, with a win for either side enough to get their season up and running.
Wallsend FC vs Kahibah FC
Sunday 2.30pm – The Gardens
It will be an early meeting between top and bottom at The Gardens on Sunday as Wallsend host Kahibah.
Wallsend sit last after the opening two rounds having been thrashed 6-0 by New Lambton in their only match so far.
Kahibah meanwhile are top of the table, having beaten West Wallsend 3-0 in their season opener before playing out an exciting 3-3 draw with Toronto Awaba.
Kahibah secured the double over Wallsend last season, winning their clashes 3-0 and 4-1 and will look for another victory to keep them at the summit.
After narrowly missing the finals last year, a win would help solidify Kahibah’s strong start to the campaign as they chase higher honours.
South Cardiff vs Belmont Swansea United
Sunday 2.30pm – Ulinga Oval
Two of the four teams that boast early 100 per cent records will meet at Ulinga Oval on Sunday as South Cardiff host Belmont Swansea.
The Gunners upset Cooks Hill in their only match so far, while United edged past Thornton 2-1 after both sides had their opening round matches washed out.
Belmont Swansea won the first clash between the sides 3-0 last season before South Cardiff picked up a 2-2 draw in their second meeting.
In will be a tough test for the Gunners against the 2019 champions, with both sides looking to keep pace with Kahibah at the top of the table.