NRFL

Franklin United: It’s Not Over Yet

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Inconsistency has been the shapeshifter, which has defined the season of Franklin United in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two for 2018.

But, the South Auckland based outfit insist the season is not over and promotion into the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One for 2019 is still very much alive for them.

“Our biggest problem this year was inconsistency, we’ve been unable to put the same team on the pitch two weeks on the trot and trying to get players to work together with combinations, we haven’t been able to do that too often” Franklin United Head Coach, Geoff Cooper said.

“We’ve got to keep in mind that until it’s mathematically impossible, then everyone is still in the running for promotion and that’s what we’re striving to do.”

“We want to finish as high as we can on the table and while second spot is still there, realistically, that’s what we’re going for.”

In-order to boost their chances of promotion this season, the team in red will gear up against current second place occupants, Bucklands Beach this weekend, who have their own ambitions of winning the league this season.

But when the two sides clash swords on Saturday, an exciting encounter is in the works, as not only are three crucial points up for grabs, but for Franklin, the opportunity to edge closer towards that promotional spot is on the cards. For Bucklands, the chance to seal their move into the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One is also at stake.

“They’re a very organized side, they try and play football similar to us, keeping the ball on the deck, keep possession and work with the opportunities the come, we can tell already that it’s going to be exciting” Cooper said.

Franklin United’s Charlie Heather is the club’s top goal scorer so far this season. Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

“When we played them last time, it ended in a fair result, as the match was all about putting the chances in the net, so it was disappointing when we played them last time out, they put their chances in the net, we didn’t so we ended up falling short.”

“Three points on the weekend would give us that extra bit of confidence that we need to go into the last third of the season, on the belief that we can achieve that second promotional spot – That’s what you’ve got to strive for moving forward, so we’re dead set on going out there and taking home the three points.”

The match is scheduled to kick off at 3pm at Bledisloe Park on Saturday.

Other Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two Fixtures:

Friday:

Metro v Te Atatu AFC – Phyllis Street Reserve, 7:30pm

Saturday:

Claudelands Rovers v Northland FC – Galloway Park, 3pm
Ngongotaha AFC v Papakura City FC – Tamarahi Reserve, 3pm
Cambridge FC v Albany United FC – John Kerkhof Park, 3pm
Takapuna AFC v Onehunga Mangere United – Taharoto Park, 3pm

Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two League Table: