Thursday, 30 June 2016

PREVIEW: New-FM 1st Division Round 17 Feature Match:

1st Grade:
Singleton Strikers (9th) v West Wallsend SFC (6th)
Last Time They Met: West Wallsend 1-1 Singleton
Kickoff: 2:30pm

This will be an interesting match and is the only match on Saturday in the New-FM 1st Division. Singleton Strikers hosted South Cardiff during the week and were held to a 2-2 draw. Jackson Cox and Sam Ford picked up goals but Southy roared back to life and the Strikers were lucky not to loss all three points as they battled through their fourth match in two weeks.

West Wallsend's last match was an entertaining 2-2 draw with Thornton Redbacks. The Redbacks were firing for a big win in the race for finals but a Westy side missing one or two key players grabbed a point and were perhaps unlucky not to get all three.

There's a few outs for this match across the two sides. Kieron Burrell is still in doubt for Singleton whilst reliable fullback Zane Hand is suspended for two games. On Westy's side, Dom Langowski will be a welcome return but rock-solid centre-back Michael Baillie is out suspended and attacker Tye Jones has been suspended for four games for referee abuse.

It's a fairly even match-up on paper so it's going to be interesting to see how it pans out. When in doubt, the draw is always a tempting result and the 2-2 scoreline has been popping up everywhere as of late.

My Tip: Singleton Strikers 2-2 West Wallsend

Jarrod Olivieri, Nick Evans and Ryan Van Kemenade celebrating a goal v Thornton Redbacks.

Under 23's:
Singleton Strikers (8th) v West Wallsend SFC (10th)
Last Time They Met: West Wallsend 3-4 Singleton
Kickoff: 12:45pm

Singleton Strikers came from behind to down South Cardiff on Wednesday night and fire themselves right into finals contention. They sit eighth but just three points outside the crucial top four. This competition is about to get interesting as the finals fast approach and its potential banana-peel games like this that pose a threat to Singo's finals hopes.

The cold hard fact is, based on form, they should be too good for a severely out-of-form West Wallsend side. The Bluebells have conceded countless goals in their last three outings and a trip to face a Singleton side that have won six-straight games at Howe Park. They can't afford to slip up here with the competition as tight as it is.

My Tip: Singleton Strikers 4-1 West Wallsend

Singleton will be looking to keep their finals hopes alive.

Under 19's:
Singleton Strikers (7th) v West Wallsend SFC (3rd)
Last Time They Met: West Wallsend 8-1 Singleton
Kickoff: 11:00am

Singleton Strikers drew 4-4 with Lake Macquarie City last weekend and came very close to beaten the premiership-favourites. It was a confidence-boosting win and the fact that top goalscorer Nathan Hall didn't find the net during the 4-4 draw shows that this team has some talent across the park. Oliver Moody is one of those attacking threats and scored twice last weekend.

West Wallsend were held to a frustrating draw by Thornton Redbacks but could and probably should have lost to a decent Redbacks side on the day. That draw along with their recent 4-0 loss to Lake Macquarie City left their premiership hopes in tatters.

Last time these two sides met, Singleton suffered their biggest loss of the season as they were smashed 8-1. There's no way that happens again here as so much has changed and based on recent form, they'll be eyeing off a big result to keep their ultra-slim finals hopes alive.

Former U19's leading goalscorer Sam Jones has been quiet as of late for West Wallsend but Singleton's Nathan Hall recovered his form, scoring in a 3-2 U23's win during the week. They'll be a tough proposition but Westy are due for another win after some frustrating results as of late.

My Tip: Singleton Strikers 1-3 West Wallsend

Singleton 19's need a win to stay alive in the finals race.

Under 17's:
Singleton Strikers (9th) v West Wallsend SFC (2nd)
Last Time They Met: West Wallsend 1-0 Singleton
Kickoff: 9:15am

Singleton Strikers 17's fell to the ladder-leading Lake Macquarie City last weekend and it doesn't get much easier for them this week as they host premiership-chasing West Wallsend at Howe Park. One positive of last week was Trae Proudlock continuing his form in front of goals. Eight goals in six games.

West Wallsend on the other hand returned to winning form with a comfortable 4-1 victory over lowly Thornton Redbacks. It should and could have been more if the Bluebells found the net once or twice more early on during a dominating opening spell. It was a tight 1-0 win back in Round 6 but expect more goals from two sides who can find the net.

Singleton will battle on their home turf but their defenders will be under the pump as the likes of Josh Knight and Jaryd Hayter will be looking to continue West Wallsend's pursuit of silverware. Westy goalkeeper Josh Snedden will be looking for a clean sheet but will need to keep out the likes of Proudlock as Singleton look to put one past the form keeper of the competition.

My Tip: Singleton Strikers 1-3 West Wallsend

Josh Knight has become West Wallsend' leading goalscorer for 2016.

1st Grade Match of the Round:
Kahibah F.C (2nd) v Lake Macquarie City (1st)
Last Time They Met: Lake Macquarie City 3-2 Kahibah F.C
Kickoff: 2:30pm

On paper this looks one of the matches of the season as premiership hopefuls Kahibah F.C and Lake Macquarie City go to war at Kahibah Oval. 

Unfortunately the Green and Blacks will be without several key players. Andre Gumprecht takes an International Football School side to Canberra for the Kanga Cup; a side involving Josh Spencer, Jarrod Penfold & Trent Vegter as well as others from the lower grades. Sean Clerke is suspended to add to the woes. It's a very tough ask without those players in.

Jayden Demir is a welcome return for the home side as he plays his first match in six or seven weeks. He returned in the 19's last week and picked up a late goal in the 3-2 loss to Belswans.

On the other side, Lakes welcomed club captain Tom Walker back from a lengthy stint on the sidelines with a broken arm and he made a big return, scoring in the 2-0 win against Singleton. His brother Sam was the other scorer on the day. Key centre-back Sean Matthews is the main out this week after leaving the club bound for Adamstown Rosebud.

It would have been nice to see this one played out with the likes of Gumprecht, Penfold and Clerke involved but alas they're all out and Kahibah's chances aren't the best without them. Lakes for the win here.

My Tip: Kahibah F.C 0-3 Lake Macquarie City

It's a season-defining game at the top of the table for Lake Macquarie City.

Under 23's:
Kahibah F.C (8th) v Lake Macquarie City (1st)
Last Time They Met: Lake Macquarie City 3-1 Kahibah F.C
Kickoff: 12:45pm

Kahibah's Under 23's are unbeaten in their last nine outings although four draws out of those nine games sees them remain outside the top four. They sit in 8th position but within touching distance of the playoff positions. It's a key game for their season as they meet ladder-leading Lake Macquarie City.

Lakes have won their last five games in a row and sit comfortably in top spot, well on the way to lifting the minor premiership in a month or so's time. Only a mammoth collapse would see them denied the trophy now. They'll come into this game as favourites after a routine win over Singleton last weekend.

Kahibah F.C will see this home game as a chance to put themselves right into the mix for the finals but they'll be missing the likes to Lachlan Murray, Trent Vegter and key attacker Peter Migliore. Some players will need to back up for 1st Grade as well. Even at full-strength I would have had my doubts. Nine unbeaten is impressive but this is a much harder opposition than they've met in recent times.

My Tip: Kahibah F.C 1-3 Lake Macquarie City

Lakes 23's are the premiership favourites and will be looking to continue their good form.

Under 19's Match of the Round:
Kahibah F.C (4th) v Lake Macquarie City (2nd)
Last Time They Met: Lake Macquarie City 4-1 Kahibah F.C
Kickoff: 11:00am

It's the Match of the Round in the Under 19's and it's a vital game for Kahibah F.C. A win for the Green and Blacks will all but secure finals football but they'll have to do it with their backs against the wall. Two straight losses and they'll be missing a goalkeeper in the form of Blake Gates as well as handy midfield duo Harry Wills and Bailey Chaplain. Wills in particular is a big out after scoring a superb free-kick goal last weekend. Another stand-out last week in Jayden Demir will likely miss out with 1st grade commitments out-ranking the 19's.

Lake Macquarie City have struck some inconsistency in recent weeks. A loss to bogey side Thornton would have been disappointing and then last week they were unable to overcome Singleton Strikers in a 4-4 draw. These results cost them top spot on the table and they'll be hoping to bounce back with a win here.

When they met back in Round 6, Kahibah were beaten soundly, 4-1 at Macquarie Field. Their lone goalscorer on that day was Harry Wills scoring a bomb from range (sense a pattern?). Lakes have a solid attacking threat and they're the sort of side who won't go too long without winning. A return to form for Lakes.

My Tip: Kahibah F.C 0-2 Lake Macquarie City

Harry Wills' free-kick was superb last week but he is among a few outs for Kahibah this week.

Under 17's Match of the Round:
Kahibah F.C (5th) v Lake Macquarie City (1st)
Last Time They Met: Lake Macquarie City 4-1 Kahibah F.C
Kickoff: 9:15am

Kahibah F.C picked up a big win over Belmont-Swansea last weekend and are still in with a big shout of making the finals. They'll need no motivation either against the league-leading Lake Macquarie City. If it wasn't enough that the Green and Blacks were downed 4-1 in Round 6, several of their players played at Lakes last season. One-upping the old club would be a big plus.

Lake Macquarie City were too good for Singleton last weekend and have been finding goals from all over the park. Kurtis McRitchie is their stand-out scorer but the likes of Adam Mitchell alongside others have been finding the net as of late and there's no team in the entire New-FM league with more goals across the team. It's a solid line-up.

A loss for Kahibah will likely see them four points outside the top four and suddenly finals will be a bit less likely. They'll be bringing all they've got against the league-leaders and although they're missing a 10+ goal striker in the form of a McRitchie, they've got talent across the park that'll look to keep it a low-scoring contest and force Lakes into a grind.

The Roosters are top for a reason and it's safe to say they enter this game as the favourites.

My Tip: Kahibah F.C 1-2 Lake Macquarie City

The likes of Joseph Hadden, Kye Condon & Casey Jackson all take on their former club.

1st Grade:
Toronto-Awaba (11th) v Belmont-Swansea (3rd)
Last Time They Met: Belmont-Swansea 0-0 Toronto-Awaba
Kickoff: 2:30pm

Remember Toronto-Awaba's Round 6 scoreless draw with Belmont-Swansea? It doesn't seem all that long ago that they picked up two decent results in a row and suddenly climbed the table. Since then it's all gone South in dramatic fashion. Wallsend's controversial after-the-fact forfeit is the only thing that stands in the way of nine-straight losses for Toronto-Awaba. A critic would say that they lost that game to Wallsend, despite the latter revelations about the Red Devils. 

The cold hard fact is, Toronto are severely out of form and are staring down the barrel of a first wooden spoon since their relegation season in the NBN State League a few years back. It's an uphill battle for the Stags from here but one they'll be adamant on fighting, at least for the sake of avoiding the spoon.

Belmont-Swansea went down to Kahibah F.C last weekend in a rather lacklustre display by their lofty standards but returned to winning form with a 3-2 victory at Thornton on Wednesday night. The blitzing counter-attacks and wide play was quiet challenging for the Redbacks and in my mind will put Toronto to the sword if they're not up to the challenge.

It may have finished scoreless last time they met but it's 99% certain that won't be the case on Sunday. If you'd ask me for a prediction, I'd say there'll be possibly a 0 in one of the team's scores. Belmont-Swansea too good, too quick and too much quality in my mind. The Stags will be looking for the upset of the season regardless of having some key players out injured.

My Tip: Toronto-Awaba 0-7 Belmont-Swansea

Daniel March has been vital for Toronto-Awaba this season, saving plenty of goals.

Under 23's:
Toronto-Awaba (11th) v Belmont-Swansea (4th)
Last Time They Met: Belmont-Swansea 4-0 Toronto-Awaba
Kickoff: 12:45pm

Belmont-Swansea have not won a game in the Under 23's since May 8th. Six games without victory. 1-1 draws are fast becoming the order of the day and their comeback against Thornton was decent on Wednesday night but not enough in the race for finals. For nine games in a row they've found a lone goal. They need to score more than 1 to win 95% of the games they're in. Luck was against them and a good goalkeeper on Wednesday.

Toronto-Awaba are heading for a certain wooden-spoon unless then produce another two victories and a draw and hope West Wallsend fall off the wagon severely (which they seem to be doing). It's a week by week task for the Stags but a lack of firepower hasn't helped them and they've had it tough all the season.

It's gridlock on the Under 23's table and there's simply no more time for faulting, Belmont-Swansea need to produce a win and it needs to come this Sunday. The Stags won't lay down so it's sure to be interesting.

My Tip: Toronto-Awaba 0-3 Belmont-Swansea

Toronto 23's will be looking to add to their lone win of the campaign.

Under 19's:
Toronto-Awaba (11th) v Belmont-Swansea (1st)
Last Time They Met: Belmont-Swansea 11-0 Toronto-Awaba
Kickoff: 11:00am

There's only been three double-digit smashings in the competition this season. Toronto-Awaba's away trip to Belmont-Swansea that saw them downed 11-0 was one of them and it stands as the biggest loss of the season for any side. The others were Cessnock City's 17's losing twice to Cooks Hill, 11-2 and 10-1. Cessnock had a chance to avenge an embarrassing loss and didn't. Toronto will be doing all they can to avoid the same fate.

Belmont-Swansea are in form and produced a quality win over Kahibah F.C last weekend to go back to the top of the table. It's a well-structured team from front to back and considering attacking duo Joel Nicholson and Will Dundas can probably beat sides by themselves on their best day, Toronto-Awaba shouldn't be underestimating the challenge they've got on Sunday.

Toronto-Awaba will most likely fall to another home defeat. They were soundly beaten 6-0 last week by a mid-table South Cardiff side. Their goal has to be to avoid another embarrassing scoreline and maybe scoring a goal or two against a solid Belswans side. There's only one winner here and the question is how much? Sorry to the Stags.

My Tip: Toronto-Awaba 0-6 Belmont-Swansea

Leading goalscorer Joel Nicholson will be looking to put Toronto-Awaba to the sword.

Under 17's:
Toronto-Awaba (6th) v Belmont-Swansea (7th)
Last Time They Met: Belmont-Swansea 2-4 Toronto-Awaba
Kickoff: 9:15am

Toronto-Awaba's finals hopes went down the drain last weekend as they fell to South Cardiff at home. Mathematically they're still a chance but with eight points separating them from the top four, it's highly unlikely they'll be able to turn it around. They may fall as low as eighth spot with a loss here.

Belmont-Swansea sit in a similar spot, one point behind Toronto-Awaba. They were outplayed and beaten by Kahibah last weekend. Goalkeeper Danilo Apollonia's rare own goal put them behind and they couldn't find a way back as Kahibah came away 2-0 winners. It's about pride from here on in for both this sides.

Last time they met, both teams were throwing banter back and forth and there was supposedly a lot of passion in the match-up. Toronto-Awaba were 4-2 winners at a time when they were challenging at the top of the table. Belmont-Swansea will be aiming for revenge and based on form, it wouldn't be a surprise to see it happen. Expect a passionate match-up.

My Tip: Toronto-Awaba 1-1 Belmont-Swansea

William Dunn has been a consistent performer in the Belswans squad this season.

1st Grade:
Wallsend F.C (4th) v Thornton Redbacks (5th)
Last Time They Met: Thornton Redbacks 2-5 Wallsend F.C
Kickoff: 2:30pm

As a neutral (yes I'm at Cooks Hill but their finals hopes are done and dusted), I've been hoping for Thornton to find form in their last two outings and push Wallsend for that elusive finals spot. It'd be good for the competition to see the top four undecided until the final weeks but alas, Wallsend have the chance to put the nail in the coffin of the Redbacks on Sunday.

Thornton only have themselves to blame. They were unable to pick up a win at West Wallsend in a frustrating 2-2 draw. Tim Gleeson's long-range shot could have proven all the difference for Thornton. Then on Wednesday, they were downed 3-2 at home against Belmont-Swansea and the disappointment was definitely there on the players' and coaching staff's faces.

Sunday is quite simply knockout football for the Thornton Redbacks. It's a tough ask for them to make finals but six points could be three with a win and then you never know what might happen. Wallsend F.C are coming off a shock loss to Cessnock City and on that, you never know what might happen here.

David Hodgson's side will be depleted once again and after losing to Cessnock, there'll be a little bit of worry there. Cam Hughes has left the club to add to their woes. Experience is key and Wallsend have loads of it but Thornton will be hungry for a victory. It's an interesting match-up and will shape the rest of the year.

My Tip: Wallsend F.C 1-2 Thornton Redbacks

Luke Jennings will be looking to stop the likes of Jamie Subat and the Thornton attackers.

Under 23's:
Wallsend F.C (5th) v Thornton Redbacks (6th)
Last Time They Met: Thornton Redbacks 4-4 Wallsend F.C
Kickoff: 12:45pm

Draws, draws, draws. It's becoming a repetitive result in the Under 23's. It does in fact show the evenness of the competition and it's good to see so many teams still in the race for finals football. Two of those teams will clash on Sunday at The Gardens as Wallsend host the Thornton Redbacks. Last time they met, it was a thrilling 4-4 draw. A Callan Baxter hat-trick fired Thornton to a gutsy draw.

On Wednesday night, the Redbacks were denied the chance to jump Wallsend into 5th position with a win over Belmont-Swansea. They'll be feeling confident and the defending champions without doubt want to get to the Semi Finals and attempt to win a second-straight crown in this grade.

Wallsend were downed 1-0 late on by a resurgent Cessnock City side last weekend and no doubt they'll be hoping for more against Thornton. With Belmont-Swansea having played an extra game and South Cardiff hosting Cooks Hill on Sunday, this is an important game for both sides.

It won't decide who makes the finals and who doesn't but if one side can go one better than the draw and pick up all the points, then they'll go into the box seat to make finals. It's surely going to be an interesting match-up.

My Tip: Wallsend F.C 2-2 Thornton Redbacks

Jason McGuire has been a constant stand-out for Wallsend's 23's this season.

Under 19's:
Wallsend F.C (8th) v Thornton Redbacks (10th)
Last Time They Met: Thornton Redbacks 4-1 Wallsend F.C
Kickoff: 11:00am

Inconsistency has summed up the season for these two sides. Wallsend F.C started poorly and were plagued with injuries but even with the majority of the players on the park, the results haven't come to help them push for finals. In all fairness though, to sit on 17 points after the start they had is quiet an achievement and they have a lot to look forward to next year. Winning the majority of games remaining will see them finish comfortably in mid-table.

Thornton Redbacks were so, so close to a rare win and a big win over top-four side West Wallsend last week. They've had Lake Macquarie City's number twice this year and were extremely close to beating the Bluebells at Johnston Park. Will Miles-Schofield's last-ditch effort was close to being one of a few amazing endings to Under 19's matches this season. He would miss and the photo below summed it all up as the Redbacks missed the chance to make ground away from the bottom of the table.

So who wins this one. I quite liked the look of Thornton's squad last weekend and Wallsend are inconsistent so it's hard to predict. I'm going to go with the visitors to pick up a handy win at The Gardens.

My Tip: Wallsend F.C 1-2 Thornton Redbacks

Thornton's Will Miles-Schofield came incredibly close to taking all three points v Westy last week.

Under 17's:
Wallsend F.C (3rd) v Thornton Redbacks (11th)
Last Time They Met: Thornton Redbacks 1-3 Wallsend F.C
Kickoff: 9:15am

Wallsend F.C will be looking to avoid fallen behind Cooks Hill United in the race to avoid fourth position and a Semi Final date with the minor premiers. The Red Devils returned to winning form with a 5-3 victory over Cessnock City last weekend. Baraka Birindwa & Jacob Rae both scored doubles and were joined on the scoresheet by Ben Priest.

Thornton Redbacks on the other hand sit in last position and will be looking to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon. Last week's 4-1 loss to West Wallsend saw them show quality at times but were fairly well-beaten by the top four side. A trip to The Gardens to take on a confidant Wallsend side will likely end in defeat.

My Tip: Wallsend F.C 3-0 Thornton Redbacks

Connor Morley and Mitchell Roy were kept busy in last weekend's loss to Westy.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Feature Match:

1st Grade:
South Cardiff (8th) v Cooks Hill United (7th)
Last Time They Met: Cooks Hill United 1-0 South Cardiff
Kickoff: 2:30pm

Two sides that have failed to challenge for finals and would have wanted more from their 2016 seasons will meet on Sunday. South Cardiff are coming off a frustrating 2-2 draw with Singleton on Wednesday night whilst Cooks Hill United come off the bye and before that a hard-fought win over Cessnock City.

The Gunners scored through Daniel Wells and Cameron Herring on Wednesday night and are one of the few sides without injury/suspension headaches at the moment. Andrew Packer's side will be looking to produce more of the same that saw the club pick up its first clean sweep of results at Toronto last weekend.

Cooks Hill United have looked an improved side since coach Blake Glennie swung the axe and promoted some reserve grade players. It's forced some of the regular first-graders to re-discover some form and it's shown off players like Asher Beasley with one eye towards the future. Two wins in a row would be a decent effort for the squad and they'll see Toronto next week as a potentially third.

When they met in Round 6, Cooks Hill United produced their best defensive effort of the season, holding Southy out and winning 1-0. South Cardiff being at home will enter as favourites but the Cookers bring a real challenge.

My Tip: South Cardiff 2-1 Cooks Hill United

Asher Beasley will be looking to continue his good form in 1st Grade.

Under 23's Match of the Round:
South Cardiff (2nd) v Cooks Hill United (3rd)
Last Time They Met: Cooks Hill United 4-0 South Cardiff
Kickoff: 12:45pm

With Lake Macquarie City sitting eleven points clear at the top of the table, it's essentially a race for second-place for the teams below and for these two teams in particular, it's a race to keep a spot inside the top four as the 23's competition tightens up. The amount of inconsistency amongst this competition has been amazing and Lakes are the big winners as a result.

South Cardiff fell to a mid-week loss against Singleton Strikers and missed a good chance to cement second-place on the table. Just six points separate the second-placed Gunners from ninth-placed Kahibah. There are eight teams fighting for three finals positions and all of them will want to avoid finishing 4th and having to meet Lakes in the Semi Finals. It's an interesting run-in to the finals.

Cooks Hill United have been a strange story in the 23's. Eight weeks ago they inflicted the only loss of the season to premiers-elect Lakes and it was a delightful performance at Macquarie Field. Since then, they've struggled with draws and losses and have gone seven-straight without a win. It's quite frankly amazing and it's tough to see how it's gone so wrong.

The question is, can one of these teams step up and pick up a confidence-boosting victory on Sunday. Inconsistency has become the key word in the Under 23's and in what could be a Semi Final preview, surely we'll get a winner. Part of me doubts it though.

My Tip: South Cardiff 1-1 Cooks Hill United

Giles Boyd and the Cookers' 23's need a long-awaited victory.

Under 19's:
South Cardiff (5th) v Cooks Hill United (6th)
Last Time They Met: Cooks Hill United 2-1 South Cardiff
Kickoff: 11:00am

It's practically knockout football as South Cardiff host Cooks Hill in the Under 19's. Both sides are still realistically in with a chance of finals but this game is simply a must-win for both. South Cardiff fired themselves to a big 6-0 win last week over struggling Toronto-Awaba and are equal with Cooks Hill on 21 points. Fourth-placed Kahibah have a tricky test against Lakes so whoever wins this will be back in the running in my opinion.

Cooks Hill United are coming off the bye but before that was four-straight losses. They're on free-fall out of the top four and it's easily do or die for their chances this Sunday. Goalkeeper Emerson Gosling has been a stand-out in recent times but it means little when they're failing to find the net at the other end. It's been quiet a fall for the 2015 Semi Finalists and they need something, anything to stay alive.

South Cardiff have one of the competition's in-form goalscorers and a threatening attacker in the form of James Wootton. Eight goals in his last four games in this grade, Wootton will be again one to watch for. Captain Isaac Roman has three goals in three games and will be looking to keep his unexpected purple patch in front of goals going. Southy are in form, the Cookers aren't. It's surely going to be a hard-fought game nonetheless.

My Tip: South Cardiff 3-1 Cooks Hill United

James Wootton is the form goalscorer in Under 19's at the moment.

Under 17's:
South Cardiff (8th) v Cooks Hill United (4th)
Last Time They Met: Cooks Hill United 4-1 South Cardiff
Kickoff: 9:15am

South Cardiff were well in it when they travelled to Cooks Hill back in Round 6 but fell away as the Cookers won 4-1.  The young Gunners were victorious last week against Toronto-Awaba and all but ended the finals hopes of the Stags. They'll be looking to be one of few sides to beat Cooks Hill this season. A grind-out 1-0 win over the Stags last week would have gave them confidence and goalscorer Lucas Emmett-Morley looms as a key figure for the home side.

Cooks Hill United are coming off the back of the bye but before that was an impressive showing mid-week against Wallsend F.C. It was their most important win of the season as they proved they could take down sides above them on the league table. Before that was a 10-1 hiding of Cessnock City. Confidence will be swarming in the Cookers camp and none more than Cameron Wamsley who can't stop scoring goals as of late.

Cooks Hill could put a gap between themselves and fifth-placed Kahibah as the Green and Blacks face a tough game against Lakes. More importantly for the Cookers is finishing third and avoiding a Semi Final clash with Lake Macquarie City. That's got to be the goal from here and they'll put some work towards that with a possible win on Sunday.

My Tip: South Cardiff 1-3 Cooks Hill United

South Cardiff will be looking to end their season with some wins.

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