NRFL

Ellerslie set for Tough Ride

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As the second round of fixtures commence in the Lotto NRFL Men’s First Division, Ellerslie are set for a tough ride as they take on promotion contenders Hibiscus Coast in their next clash.

The pair last met in the opening match of the season, where neither team were able net a winner, and the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate. This time around, Ellerslie are expecting an even tougher contest, with HBC coming off the back of a good run of results.

“This weekend, we’re expecting them to be better than when we last played them in the opening match, but for us, we’ve made progress this season, so I am expecting the match to be a fairly even affair” Ellerslie Head Coach, Fred de Jong said.

“We had good possession in their half of the field last time out and if we can pass the ball well and put them under a lot more pressure than we did that day, then we can get something out of the game, which will be very good, given the position that we’re in.”

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“We know it’s going to be a tough ride from here on out, and we need to really battle this weekend if we’re to achieve our end of season goals.”

This season, Ellerslie have found the back of the on net 12 separate occasions, with three of those goals belonging to 20-year-old winger, Art Twigg.

Going into the match this weekend, Twigg will be full of confidence, after banging in a Hat-Trick against league leaders, Melville United in their round two fixture of the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup on Monday.

Ellerslie’s Art Twigg surveys his options.        Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

“Art’s been doing well for us and his stand-out performance against Melville in the Chatham Cup on Monday is something we hope he carries out in the league” De Jong said.

“He holds the ball up really well and we’ve been saying to him that he has to score more goals and the pleasing thing is that he’s taken that on board.”

“If he keeps doing that at that end of the park, we just need to be a bit tighter on the other end of the field and maybe we can get some results.”

The match is schedule to kick off at 3pm at Stanmore Bay Park.

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Other Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One Fixtures:
Waitemata v Manurewa – McLeod Park
Forrest Hill Milford United v Fencibles United – Becroft Park
North Shore United v Waiheke United – Allen Hill Stadium
Oratia United v Melville United – Parrs Park
Mt Albert-Ponsonby v Tauranga City AFC – Anderson Park

All matches are scheduled to kick off at 3pm.

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