Midpoint Of #MPL20 But Plenty Of Points Still On Offer
This weekend’s round brings the midpoint of the 2020 edition of the Mainland Premier League (MPL) with 33 points still on offer, so there is plenty for all the clubs to play for no matter where they currently sit of the table.
In a rematch from the previous round, leaders Cashmere Technical have the home advantage against neighbours Coastal Technical, with this also being a Hurley Shield Challenge. In the second leg of the Historic Derby, the two oldest clubs in the MPL, Western host Nomads at Walter Park with Ferrymead Bays facing Selwyn at Ferrymead Park, with these three games kicking-off at 2:45pm on Saturday. At Midday on Sunday, Nelson Suburbs entertain Christchurch United at Saxton Field.
Last Saturday’s game between Technical and Coastal was a very entertaining tight encounter which could have gone either way. Technical won by a solitary goal, with Coastal unlucky not to be awarded a penalty for hand ball. Coastal know that another lost would leave them 13 points their rivals, which would be a massive deficit to overcome on the coming weeks. Both of Coastal’s wins over their neighbours have been on Tech’s home patch, with the last win also seeing Coastal lifting the shield back in 2017. The game is the first of four-tough home for games for the defending champions, all against teams in the top half of the table.
Form: Technical W W D W W W W Coastal W W L D W W L
Head to Head – Played 23 – Technical 18 wins, Draws 3, Coastal 2 wins
Previous result this season: Coastal 0 Technical 1
Nomads are chasing their sixth win on the bounce when the take on Western who are now left at the foot of the table after Selwyn picked up their first point when drawing with Bays on Saturday. Nomads were untroubled to win the opening encounter 6 – 0, with the score blowing out in the final few minutes when Western had the player in the sin bin. Western will be looking to take some positives from the clash, knowing that they meet Selwyn in the following.
Form: Western L L L L L L L Nomads L D W W W W W
Head to Head: Played 37 – Western 18 wins, Draws 4, Nomads 15 wins
Previous results this season: Western 0 Nomads 6
Selwyn will be out to repeat their draw from the previous round, but Bays will not want to slip up again as they press for a spot in the top half of the table. Bays made hard work for themselves in their first match-up against the Stallions after failing to put away early chances that they created forcing them to come from behind to salvage a point.
Form: Bays W W D L W L D Selwyn L L L L L L D
Head to Head: Played 4 – Bays 3 Draws 1
Previous Result this season: Bays 1 Selwyn 1
After playing out a scoreless draw when Suburbs and United met in Christchurch last Saturday the pressure is on both sides to take maximum points on Sunday. Unusually for Suburbs they have picked up more points on the road than at Saxton Fields this season and United have yet to drop a point on the road, so an interesting encounter is on the cards.
Form: Suburbs W L W W L W D United L D W D L L D
Head to Head – Played 25 – Suburbs 21 wins, Draws 4
Previous result this season: United 0 Suburbs 0
Top Side Chasing Maximum Points In #WPL20
Round 9 match ups in the Women’s Premier League could be interesting after results from the reverse fixtures ended in draws for the leading sides. Leader’s Coastal Spirit are away to Universities at Ilam Fields, with Cashmere Technical hosting Waimak at Garrick Memorial Park, at both games commencing at 12:30pm on Saturday, will Halswell having the bye.
Universities and Coastal played out a 1 – 1 result back in July with both goals coming in the opening minutes with the game then changing late in the opening half when red cards reduced Coastal to nine players. Coastal then worked hard to ensure a share of the points.
Form: Universities D W bye L L Coastal W W W W bye
Head to Head: Played 30 – Universities 1 win, Draws 3, Coastal 26 wins
Previous Result this season: Coastal 1 Universities 1
Technical and Waimak also shared the points when the clashed. Tech lead at the break only for Waimak to come back strongly and take the lead forcing Technical to score late in the game to share the spoils. Both sides come together locked on the table on second place and know that a win would leave them in a clear second place.
Form: Technical D L W bye W Waimak L bye L W W
Head to Head – Played 12 – Technical 10 wins, Draws 1, Waimak 1 win
Previous Result this season: Waimak 2 Technical 2
Words: Gavin Searle