I almost don't know what to do with myself this week as instead of previewing 20 New-FM games and 15 NPL games, I'll be doing just six FFA Cup games. This is without doubt the easiest week in the short history of Newysports.com. Don't worry though as there'll also be Zone previews and NPL Youth previews as well and perhaps even some videos from Broadmeadow Magic's preparations for the FFA Cup to share.
The FFA Cup will be played at Speers Point on Saturday and Sunday and features six Newcastle sides and two sides (South Armidale United and Coffs City United) from up north. Newysports will have previews for all the games on Saturday and the two important Round of 32 qualifiers on Sunday.
With three NPL teams remaining (Broadmeadow, Edgeworth and Adamstown) it's sure to be a very competitive two days. One would expect Broadmeadow and Edgeworth to get through, although Adamstown are in a bit of form at the moment and there's the small issue of the five other teams as well.
New-FM side Valentine are going to face off with Adamstown and could very well knock the Buds off if they play to their potential. There's absolutely nothing to lose for the Phoenix here and everything to gain.
How about Jesmond FC. The Zone League One side stunned Toronto-Awaba in Round 1 and picked up an upset over ZPL side Mayfield United in their last FFA Cup game. Now they face New-FM side West Wallsend and just like Valentine, the Rams have nothing to lose. Making it this far is a huge achievement and whilst I can't see them getting into the Round of 32 national comp, just the though of it will be enough to have them fired up for this one.
Talking about West Wallsend, the Bluebells have suffered a form slump recently but with a win over Jesmond, they will be one game away from a potential date with an A-League team. Amazing competition isn't it. I love the thought of West Wallsend v Sydney FC.
Last but not least there's the two teams from out of town. I'll have some background research to do before my match previews but South Armidale and Coffs City United are the dark horses in this one. They'll want to take it to the big guns of Northern NSW and prove that their districts can match it with the Newcastle comp.
It's going to be a very entertaining weekend at Speers Point. Sure the games don't sound the best on paper but when you think about the potential reward, it's enough to make these games feel like the biggest of the season so far.
Newysports will have FFA Cup articles and previews for the remainder of the week so keep an eye out.