Unbeaten Sides Clash In #WPL19
The third round of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) see’s the top two sides – Halswell and Cashmere Technical – meeting at 12:30pm at Halswell Domain while Waimakariri host Universities on the Kendall Park Turf, with Coastal Spirit having the bye.
With Halswell and Technical coming into the clash unbeaten, a win for either side will open a points-gap at the top of the table. The youthful Hawks top the table and will be looking to secure their first ever WPL point off their rivals, who, after having the bye in the opening round were worthy victors over current champions, Coastal Spirit in the last round. Both sides, along with Waimak will have players missing for this and the following round due to the NZ Secondary School tour to Dallas in the USA which will test the strength off the bench for the sides.
Form: Halswell Utd: D W Cashmere Technical: bye W
Head to head: Played 10 – Technical 10
Waimak are also unbeaten and come into their clash with Universities off the bye, both sides looking to claim their first win of the season and climb up the table. The head-to-head stats are a relatively even between the two sides and last seasonthe three league games between the two ended with a win each and a draw.
Form: Waimakariri: D bye Universities: L L
Head to head: Played 12 – Waimak 5 wins, Draws 3, Universities 4 wins
Top Three Play Bottom Three In #MPL19
Round 6 of the Mainland Premier League (MPL) sees the leading three sides face opposition currently filling positions 6 to 8.
Leaders, Nelson Suburbs travel to Christchurch to play FC Twenty11 at English Park at Midday. At 2:45pm, second placed Cashmere Technical take on Nomads at Garrick Memorial Park with Foster Park the venue when Selwyn host third placed Western. The final game is a mid-table clash, in the Estuary Derby with Ferrymead Bays entertaining Coastal Spirit at Ferrymead Park.
Form and stats seem to be against FC when they face Suburbs – yet to drop a game. FC, currently in a rebuilding phase, failed to score for the first time when suffering their worst defeat to Technical in the previous round, and at the same time Suburbs were securing their biggest win of the season against Selwyn – so the FC defence may be in for another testing game.
FC Twenty11: L L D L
Nelson Suburbs: D W W W
Head to head: Played 14 – Draws 2, Suburbs 12 wins
Selwyn and Western met for the first time in the MPL with the latter looking for a positive result to stay in the top half of the table.
After winning their opening home game, the Stallions have only picked up one more point after conceding an added time goal against FC and know that three points will see them climb into the top half of the table. Western are unbeaten at home, but have yet to win on the road. On form, this may be achieved on Saturday.
Selwyn Utd: W L D L
Western: D W L W
Head to head: This is the first time the two clubs have met in the MPL
Technical are on the cusp of creating an MPL record, the fastest club to reach 350 MPL points, if they take all the points on offer against Nomads, with the game also a Hurley Shield Challenge.
After dropping their opening game, Technical have won three on the bounce – all without giving up a goal – and will be favourites to win again. Nomads continue to leak goals which puts them at the wrong end of the table and will be hoping to find the form from last season, which saw them push Technical hard in the MPL last season. The champions having to score late goals when coming from behind to secure a win and then a draw.
Cashmere Technical: L W W W
Nomads Utd: L L W L
Head to head: Played 9 – Technical 8 wins, Draws 1
Ferrymead Bays and Coastal come into their derby with identical records, Coastal’s better goal difference separating the two sides. Both sides set the early pace in the league, but two losses have seen them slip out of the top three. After having one of the better defensive records in recent season’s Bays have been conceding more than normal and they will welcome back stopper, Adam Highfield who transferred back to the club during the week from Halswell Utd, therefore the Coastal front runners will have to be at their best if they are to come out on top.
Ferrymead Bays: W W L L
Coastal Spirit: W L L W
Head to head: Played 23 – Bays 10 wins, Draws 5, Coastal 8 wins