NRFL

Home win important for Springs

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After an incredible comeback win last week over Birkenhead, Western Springs are very much in the forefront to make it two from two, when they welcome an undefeated Waitakere City to Seddon Fields on Saturday for their fifth round Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier League fixture.

Springs are yet to win a match at home after a disappointing 4-1 loss to Hamilton Wanderers in their opening match, and then a 1-1 draw with Manukau United two weeks ago.

On the other hand, their away form is where Springs truly shine, with two wins from two on foreign soil, Springs beat Bay Olympic in the second round of fixtures 4-1 and attained a 5-3 comeback win against Birkenhead after being 3-0 down in the first 20 minutes.

Although happy with the result over Birko last week, Western Springs head coach, Chris Zoricich looks ahead to their next challenge against Waitakere City this weekend and his hopeful his side can win their first three points on home soil.

“The match against Birkenhead was a great result, we did say if we manage to get three points away at Birkenhead, that would be a great scout for us and we did manage to do that.”

“Waitakere are coming off the back of a really good result against Onehunga last week, so obviously they’ll be pretty confident, so we need to be careful.”

“We’re still searching for our first win at home, we haven’t won at Seddon Fields yet this season, we lost our first game and we drew our second game at home, so we would like to get a win under our belt at Seddon Fields and we are under no illusion that this will be a tough game and the boys will hopefully be up for it.”

Waitakere City have had a comfortable start to the season and have yet to lose leading up to this weekend’s fixture.

The West Auckland outfit has drawn three matches and picked up their first win last week against Onehunga Sports.

With Springs battling for their first win at home this season, Zoricich knows the attacking threats and dangers Waitakere hold and is doing everything he can to ensure his side is prepared for the match up at Seddon Fields.

“I’ve got a bit of information on them leading into the game and I know their wide players, Dylan Manickum especially, are dangerous players and their midfield is fairly strong with Jake (Butler) himself playing in there alongside Rory (Turner) who also holds a lot of experience as well.”

“If we give them (Waitakere) time and space, they could potentially cause a lot of damage to us, we need to be able to adapt to the way they play, and we will work on things again at training regarding how they play and how we can be nullifying their threats.”

Western Springs will welcome Waitakere City to Seddon Fields on Saturday.

The match will kick off at 5:15pm.

Other Lotto NRFL Premier League fixtures: 

Onehunga Sports vs Three Kings United – Waikaraka Park
East Coast Bays vs Hamilton Wanderers – Bay City Park
Eastern Suburbs AFC vs Manukau United – Madills Farm
Glenfield Rovers vs Bay Olympic – McFetridge Park
Central United vs Birkenhead United – Kiwitea Street

*All other Lotto NRFL Premier League fixtures kick off at 3pm.