Needless to say, the planned midweek matches did not go ahead, but hopefully, we will still get some action in the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 2 competition this Sunday, a day in which all six games are scheduled.
Hakoah Sydney City East v Mount Druitt Town Rangers, Sunday 26 April 3:00pm
Hensley Athletic Field Pagewood
One match which certainly should see the light of day is this one at the synthetic Hensley Field.
Our feature game sees third placed Hakoah meet Mount Druitt Town Rangers, currently in eighth spot, with both sides dropping slightly down the ladder after they lost last weekend. It has been an inconsistent start for the Rangers, who have alternated between a win and a loss in their four games to date and it will be to generate some of that missing consistency which will be the focus for Aiden Desmond’s side. They have blown a little hot and cold, conceding nine goals in two games but keeping two clean sheets in the others. Keeping an eye on Neil Jablonski, the league’s leading scorer but missing last weekend, will be a priority, should Jablonski start.
Hakoah will want to get back on track after two losses in three, and conceding three in each. Goals aren’t in short supply in Hakoah’s games, whether for or against, with almost four goals per game keeping the fans interested. There might well be more of the same this Sunday.
Spirit FC v St George, Sunday 26 April 3:00pm, Christie Park, Marsfield
Spirit FC have beaten the season’s two early leaders already this year, in Central Coast and Hakoah Sydney City East, so they will have the confidence to take on all-comers. While defensively they are strong as usual, just one goal against in their four games, they have also started to score regularly, knocking in three each against the aforementioned teams, in the past fortnight. Things are looking good at Christie Park for the moment and, now in second, will be keen to consolidate and improve further.
This weekend they meet a St George who themselves are coming off a high flying result last round. Having failed to score more than once in a game this season, they scored five last Saturday night, which will surely give the Saints a boost. One result doesn’t make a summer of course, and they will need to be at their best to take anything away from this fixture.
Fraser Park v Bankstown Berries, Sunday 3:00pm, Fraser Park, Sydenham
Of the twenty five PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 2 games played so far this season, there has only been two draws, and both of those games involved the Berries, once on the opening day of the season versus Macarthur and the other last weekend against Bankstown City. They won’t mind that too much one suspects, as the Rams and Lions are tough opposition. But a win is obviously preferable and on their visit to Fraser Park, they will again be looking for three points.
Fraser Park have excelled in recent weeks, picking up victories at Spirit FC and Macarthur. A continuation of that form will auger well for Fraser, who were semifinalists two seasons ago. They are seeking a return to those heights so the Berries will need to be careful.
Northern Tigers v Central Coast, Sunday 3:00pm, Mills Park, Asquith
Fourth versus first should see some quality football action at Mills Park. The Tigers have had a tremendous start to the season, unbeaten since the opening day, and coming off a five game winning streak, including the Westfield FFA Cup preliminaries. They are still in that competition too and are just two games away from the Cup proper. Things couldn’t be better up north and they are sure to be fired up for a big week ahead. A win here will see the Tigers go equal first so there is plenty at stake for this ambitious club.
Central Coast are the league’s highest scorers and they will be confident of getting a goal or two. Apart from that loss to Spirit FC, they have scored in every game. The Coast have performed well and have certainly continued on where they left off last year. They too are ambitious, so this game will be a good pointer for the season.
Bankstown City v Mounties Wanderers, Sunday 4:00pm, Jensen Park, Sefton
The question must be asked, what has happened at Mounties? Pointless and bottom of the table with just the one goal scored and eleven against. Statistics which must surprise all after such good results and performances over recent years. As the season heads towards the quarter mark, Mounties will need some results very soon.
It couldn’t be more different for Bankstown City. Like Northern Tigers, the Lions haven’t lost since day one and they too, continue in the Cup. They should be strong favourites to overcome Balmain next Wednesday night, but first of course, they will want to succeed against the Mounties. Back to Jensen Park for only the second time this season, Bankstown City, who hit double figures in the league for goals scored last weekend for an average of 2.5 per game, will be seeking a few more here.
Sydney University v Macarthur Rams, Sunday 26 April 6:30pm, Lambert Park, Leichhardt
Keeping Mounties company at the tail end are Sydney University. They too are yet to garner a point and things haven’t started well. Only by dint of a single goal difference are they not on the bottom themselves so this game against Macarthur has gained additional importance.
They gave a good run for their money last Sunday but need points fast. A good result here will help gain confidence as they head to their own Cup game against Rockdale next Wednesday.
The Rams have not won in three league games now. Not since the first round have they taken the three points which is unusual for a club which usually starts strongly. They have the quality though to be there when it matters.
Source FNSW Website - by Peter Rowney, PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men's 2 Reporter