PS4 NPL NSW Men's 2 Round 14 Preview

PLEASE NOTE that all Snr's Mens games at the crest have been called off due to the wet weather and ONLY the Snr Men's 1st grade game will go ahead at Valentine Sports Park KO time 730pm Saturday night.

Our youth games have also been called off against Marconi at Marconi Stadium

Our SAP games have also been called off against Rockdale city suns.

Our Women's games have also been called off against Parramatta FC

Spirit FC and Central Coast may be the two leading lights in the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 2 competition, but there is still plenty of action back in the pack, as clubs continue to jockey for positions in a cramped table.

This week’s feature game takes us to The Crest, as Bankstown Berries tackle St George.

Bankstown Berries v St George, Saturday 7:30pm, Valentine Sports Park

St George travel to Bankstown Berries with a point to prove after last week’s heavy loss to Central Coast. On the fringes of the five before last week, the Saints dropped to eighth after the loss and will sink even further should they lose to the Berries on Saturday. After some impressive results during May, St George have lost their past two so a quick return to form is needed, if their season is not to disappear over the horizon.

The same might be said for the Berries who had a horror run before stopping that rot last week at Macarthur. That win could just be the impetus needed and they will also be keen to improve on their position. Another win here will add to an already congested mid table, so despite that run of losses, it is not out of the question that the Berries could figure in the end of season matches.

Sydney University v Spirit FC, Saturday 7:30pm Lambert Park Leichhardt

There is a lot more interest in this game now than what might have been a fortnight or so ago. Previously it seemed that there could only have been one result, that being a Spirit win, but Uni’s recent change of fortunes makes this match somewhat less certain now. It will still take a huge effort to defeat Spirit, or even take away a point, but after last week’s late comeback against Hakoah, and the victory against Central Coast two weeks ago, nothing should surprise now. The impressive team spirit was certainly on show last Saturday, and with Nathan Sansom returning from suspension, it will be a team that Spirit shouldn’t take lightly.

Spirit for their part, are likely to bring back Daniel Cunningham and Kuag Reec, who both missed the loss against Fraser Park. They will make a difference, at both ends of the pitch. The defeat last week will have hurt, but there is no better way to consign that to history than to win the next. And with their lead reduced to three points, there is no better time to recover, especially with the next game against the challengers Central Coast only a week away.

Mounties Wanderers v Macarthur Rams, Saturday 7:30pm, Cook Park Mount Pritchard

Is this the chance for Mounties? It may just well be after the unfortunate injury to Macarthur Rams keeper Chad Taylor looks likely to keep him out for some time. Taylor has been a regular between the sticks in recent years and it will be a rare occasion that the Rams have to look elsewhere for a replacement number 1. Who that may be remains open to question and any uncertainty could aid the Mounties in their quest for that elusive win.

It has been a difficult season for both clubs, the results not going to plan, but matches between the two are usually memorable, none more so than that semi final a couple of years ago. There may not be finals this year, though the Rams are not out of the equation yet, but there is still pride on the line.

Central Coast v Hakoah Sydney City East, Sunday 3pm Pluim Park Lisarow

Central Coast would be looking at the fixture list and licking their lips. After having despatched St George last Sunday, they have another four home games in their next five, that fifth game being away at Spirit next week. The timing couldn’t be better to make a run for that title, with Spirit the other main contenders. The Coast have been thereabouts all season, and have won all but one of their home games, so there is plenty of room for optimism.

Hakoah must be wondering how they lost last Saturday. They seemed to have the game wrapped up before conceding two late goals. It was a costly night and with a trip to Pluim this weekend, it remains to be seen just how costly it may prove. This week will be tough, but Hakoah have a good away record so they should travel with some measure of confidence.

 

Fraser Park v Mount Druitt Town Rangers, Sunday 3pm, Fraser Park, Sydenham

Fraser Park seem to have found some consistency at last. A draw and two wins from their past three games have set them up nicely and if they can keep that form up, we could be looking at Fraser inside the five, this time next week. They face two games in five days, with a trip to Mounties Wanderers following next Wednesday, so it will be an interesting period. Fraser Park should be confident enough, as any win over the current Spirit FC side should be enough to give rise to the knowledge that they can beat anybody. Hussein Akil is the man in form, and is now the league’s leading scorer, skipping over Neil Jablonski in the past week.

Mount Druitt Town had their first defeat since late April against Bankstown City last week. Despite the loss, Aidan Desmond was happy enough with the performance and a rapid return to three points will be on the agenda. It was only five weeks ago that Rangers defeated Fraser 5-2, so they may have the key to success, but Fraser look to be tougher now, and it won’t be as easy this time around.

Bankstown City v Northern Tigers, Sunday 4pm, Jensen Park, Sefton

Three seasons ago, these two provided a season long neck and neck battle, the standouts over the 2012 season, before the Tigers claimed the title on the final day. In the years since, the competitiveness between the two clubs has always been on show and it should be no different this Sunday, with Northern Tigers sitting third and Bankstown not too far behind in seventh. They have each shown mixed form recently, but wins last round have helped turn the tide. It was no surprise that, with the return of defender Michael Beauchamp last Saturday, the Lions kept a clean sheet for the first time in four games, so his influence is clear for all to see.

Northern Tigers are gallantly trying to claw back the advantage held by Central Coast and Spirit FC. Eight goals in their past two games, shared around six players, has helped and this will give the Lions some idea of the task ahead. Tai Smith and Liam McConaghy are the club’s two leading scorers, with thirteen between them, so they may be where the Tigers will need to concentrate most.

Source FNSW Website-by Peter Rowney, PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men's 2 Reporter