NRFL

Crucial Matches Set for Title Contenders

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With only five full rounds of the competition remaining in the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier Division, Glenfield are on track to securing their first ever league title since 2011.

With the ambition of securing the double, as both the League title and the Kate Sheppard Cup are at stake, it’s not uncertain that Rovers coach, Andrew Clay will be seeking to bring back top honours to the Mighty Rovers at the end of this season.

However, a stern test awaits them this weekend, when Glenfield take on local rivals Forrest Hill Milford United in a hotly-contested derby.

Both sides will be under the choke of missing several key players, with Glenfield losing trio, Dayna Stevens, Claudia Bunge and Maggie Jenkins, who will be taking part in the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup. On the other hand, Forrest Hill will be missing players to the tournament as well, with Anneka Mittendorf, Malia Steinmetz and Samantha Tawharu also taking part in this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Glenfield Rovers will be without forward Dayna Stevens for the next few weeks. Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

The ambition for Forrest Hill is somewhat different and while the breakaway is all set for Glenfield, the swans have the drive to edge themselves closer to the top, with only two points separating third, fourth and fifth.

A win this weekend against the Mighty Rovers will certainly push them further up the pecking order.

Forrest Hill Milford United v Glenfield Rovers – Becroft Park, 1pm.

After the disappointing Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup defeat on Thursday night against Glenfield, a bounce-back is destined for Eastern Suburbs when they welcome bottom place Claudelands Rovers to Madills Farm on Sunday.

Like Glenfield and Forrest Hill, the Lily Whites will be without experienced trio, Jacqui Hand, Nicole Mettam and Grace Jale as they will also be jetting over to France with the NZ U20 National Women’s side, along with Claudelands Rovers midfielder, Tiana Hill.

Suburbs Nicole Mettam in action. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz

But despite missing a number of key players, the Lily Whites are on a mission to hunt down the breakaway that Glenfield have created and with five points separating them from top spot, a win will surely close the gap to two points, providing Glenfield fall to defeat at the hands of Forrest Hill.

Eastern Suburbs v Claudelands Rovers – Madills Farm, 1pm.

Other Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier Division Fixtures:

Three Kings United v Western Springs – Keith Hay Park, 1pm.
Papakura City FC v Hamilton Wanderers – McLennan Park, 1pm.

Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier Division League Table