Chasing Pack Looking For Wins In #MPL20 To Keep Alive Hopes For Top Three Finish
There will be plenty of interest in Saturday’s round of the New World Men’s Premier League (MPL) as teams chasing down third place will be all chasing maximum points.
At Midday at Foster Park relegation threatened Selwyn take on take on Nelson Suburbs, who are looking to maintain their recent good form to keep alive their chances of a top three finish. At 2:45pm, Ferrymead Bays, level on points with Suburbs, will have to be at their best when they take on second placed Nomads, at Ferrymead Park, so like Suburbs, Bays need the win or third place hopes may be over.
Third placed Coastal face Christchurch United at Linfield Park with United still in with an outside chance of finishing in third place so The Rams cannot afford to drop any points. The final game takes placed at Walter Park, with bottom placed Western entertain champions, Cashmere Technical, who will be chasing their third win within a week after they defeated Coastal 2 – 0 on Tuesday evening, in a game brought forward from round 20.
Selwyn have lacked any real penetration in front of goal in recent rounds which has seen them locked in a season long battle to avoid the drop with Western and they come up against Suburbs who have turned a corner in recent rounds and come into game of a solid 5 – 0 win over Nomads in the previous round and have yet to drop a point to Selwyn this season. The Stallions will be without Jamie Carrodus due to suspension.
Form: Selwyn L L W L L L L Suburbs D L L L D W W
Head to Head: Played 6 – Draws 1, Suburbs 5 wins
Previous Result This Season: Selwyn 1 Suburbs 4 Suburbs 6 Selwyn 0
Bays, who have only lost twice at home this season will also be a player down with their leading scorer, Ryan Stanley also under suspension, when they take on Nomads. Nomads won the two previous encounters, the second a high scoring affair with Nomads coming from behind to win 5 – 3.
Form: Bays L W D D L W Nomads L W L W L W L
Head to Head – Played 39 – Bays 19 wins, Draws 7, Nomads 13 wins
Previous Result This Season: Nomads 2 Bays 0 Nomads 5 Bays 3
Both Coastal and United come into their clash with the same record in their last seven games, three wins, two draws and two losses, with United’s wins all coming in the last month so Coastal take the win for granted and cannot afford to come away empty handed after going down to Technical midweek. After a winless run mid-season United’s have put together a solid run and if they can claim the bulk of the reminding available points are capable of finishing in the top half of the table.
Form: Coastal D W D W L W L United D D L W W W L
Head to Head – Played 11– Coastal 6 wins, Draws 2, United 2 wins
Previous Result This Season: United 1 Coastal 1 United 1 Coastal 4
Western look to be up against it when they take on Technical, with Western yet to claim a win over their rivals. The champions have recorded two solid wins over Western this season and a third will see them claim a record number of wins in a row in the MPL and the setting a new records for the wins and points in a season.
Form: Western W D L L L L L Technical W W W W W W W
Head to Head: Played 22 – Draws 5, Technical 17 wins
Previous Result This Season: Technical 6 Western 0 Technical 12 Western 0
Top Two Sides Meet Blackwells Holden Reta Fitzpatrick Cup Final
Current Blackwells Holden Reta Fitzpatrick Cup holders, Cashmere Technical take on New World Premier League champs, Coastal Spirit at English Park at 6pm on Saturday.
The two sides have dominated the league in recent seasons, finishing first and second, with Coastal having the better over Technical. Coastal made it a clean sweep over their arch-rivals in the league this season but all three games were keenly contested, with just a goal separating the two at the final whistle and another tight battle is expected at the Cup Final.
Road To Final
Round 1: Bye
Quarter-Final: Waimak 7 – 1
Semi-Final: Universities WPL 6 – 0
Round 1: Bye
Quarter-Final: Halswell United 6 – 0
Semi-Final: Universities CCWL 8 – 0
Head To Head In 2020
Technical 1 Coastal 2 Coastal 3 Technical 2 Technical 1 Coastal 2
Previous Winners Of The Reta Fitzpatrick Cup – first played for in 2005
2005 New Brighton
2006 New Brighton
2007 Mainland PDA
2008 Coastal Spirit
2009 Coastal Spirit
2010 Not Contested
2011 Coastal Spirit
2012 Coastal Spirit
2014 Coastal Spirit
2015 Coastal Spirit
2016 Cashmere Technical
2017 Coastal Spirit
2018 Waimakariri United
2019 Cashmere Technical