Monday, 6 July 2015

REVIEW: Zone Football League Round 12

Zone Premier League Wrap-Up (Round 12)

New Lambton's season took another downturn on the weekend. After losing to Swansea during the week, the Eagles were again on the back end of a defeat to the Swans, this time a 4-1 hammering at their home of Alder Park. 

I'm not sure what's going on at New Lambton (injuries, lack of numbers??) but their finals hopes are fading a bit as of late. They'll be keen to bounce back next week against the Uni. A big week for Swansea though as they hoist themselves into firm finals contention with the six-points they gained.

The Newcastle Suns avenged their loss to Cardiff City not that long ago, winning 2-1 at Cardiff and ending the Tigers good recent form. The Suns are definitely still in the race for finals and this win proves them as a genuine contender for the playoffs.

Barnsley fell to another loss against resurgent Mayfield United. The Tigers are now the only team that I think can realistically catch Beresfield in the race for the premiership. Barnsley's latest loss is their ninth of the season and it looks almost certain that they'll be going down at the end of the campaign.

Garden Suburb's recent purple patch slowed down a bit on the weekend as they drew 2-2 with Dudley-Redhead. It wasn't a result that favoured either side in the race for finals football.

Beresfield United proved themselves as the real deal and in my opinion the minor premiers (if they keep things going) with a convincing 4-0 win over the University. Impressively, Luke Lawless was the lone goalscorer for the Eagles, scoring four goals on a superb day for Lawless.


Zone League One Wrap-Up (Round 12)

Jesmond's recent form was ended by the Stockton Sharks on the weekend as the Rams fell to a 3-1 victory at home. It's a crucial win for the Sharks as it brings them back into the top four.

Cooks Hill United's irregular form as of late continued as they dropped another two vital points in a 2-2 draw with lower-table Beresfield FC. It's a costly draw as well as it sees Cooks Hill drop to third-place.

Neither Charlestown or Warners Bay will be happy with their 0-0 draw on the weekend and I'm sure both will be looking for more when they meet again on Tuesday night at Warners Bay.

Ladder-leaders Morisset United continued their run at the top with a decent 3-1 victory over lowly Nelson Bay. The Bay are still locked in a fight to avoid relegation with Westlakes whilst the Strikers are still top of the table, two points clear of Kotara South and with two games still in hand. Good times at Morisset as they look to return to the Zone Premier League.

Kotara South picked up another big win, defeating Westlakes Wildcats 3-1. The Wildcats remained bottom of the table whilst Kotara overtook Cooks Hill into second place, albeit with an extra game played.


Zone League Two Wrap-Up (Round 12)

For the second time in a week, cellar-dwellers Kurri Kurri and Tenambit have drawn their match, a result that did neither team any favours when it comes to avoiding relegation.

University got over the line against Merewether Advance, staying in reach of top of the table Raymond Terrace and scoring their ninth win in ten starts. 

Hunter Simba were comfortable victors over a struggling Muswellbrook side, staying in fourth place as a result. It's certainly been a strong season for Simba in their first year in the competition.

Medowie returned to the winners' circle with a 3-1 victory over Maryland-Fletcher. The Bulldogs are now surely out of finals contention whilst Medowie remain just two points outside the top four.

Last but certainly not least, ladder-leaders Raymond Terrace scored a massive 4-0 win over Hamilton Olympic. I've been told Olympic were decent but the Rangers proved themselves as the competition favourites once again. 


Zone League Three Wrap-Up (Round 12)

Missing a fair few players and facing in-form Kahibah away from home, the New Lambton ZL3 boys stepped up and recorded a confidence-boosting 3-0 victory over the Green and Blacks. The win keeps New Lambton in 2nd whilst Kahibah drop outside the top four.

Jesmond's 10-0 horror show against the RAAF last week fortunately wasn't repeated this time round. Unfortunately though for the Rams, they were still defeated as they went down 5-2 to the in-form RAAF Williamtown side, a side that move into the top four with the win.

Top of the table Dudley-Redhead bounced back to form with a decent 3-1 away win at Abermain. And in the final result, Wallsend were fairly comfortable winners over Edgeworth. Mayfield United had the bye.

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