Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One Preview:

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Only a handful of teams are in action this weekend with the Round of Sixteen of the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup and the Quarter-Final of the Kate Sheppard Cup taking place.

Ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One, a lot is at stake within the three matches taking place, allowing for the league to showcase a delicious level of exciting encounters.

In a long chase for survival, Manurewa’s limited time to secure safety in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One is beginning to fall short. However, this weekend, an opportunity to close the gap on their closest rivals, Waitemata FC falls into a ‘do-or-die’ task, as the South Auckland based side will be seeking a much needed three points, with the goal of closing the eight-point route to safety, down to five.

Manurewa’s huddle. Photo: David Joseph /

Waitemata on the other hand hit a spark in their season when they climbed out of the relegation zone a few weeks back, with that boost of confidence in mind, the West Auckland outfit look poised to stay in the division, providing they can pick up enough points to ensure safety.

Waitemata’s Cameron Brown in action. Photo: David Joseph /

Manurewa AFC v Waitemata FC – War Memorial Park, 3pm.

A chain of victories in recent weeks for North Shore United has put them in a prime position, as a spot for promotion begins to become anyone’s for the taking. Six points behind second place and a game in hand for NSU, a win this weekend will surely do enough to provide pressure on a not-so-comfortable Waiheke United currently occupying the second promotional spot.

North Shore celebrate their goal. Photo: David Joseph /

Their opponents on Saturday, Tauranga City FC, will be in full confidence, after nipping a crucial three points over relegation battlers, Manurewa AFC allowing the WaiBOP outfit to climb into the realms of safety.

Tauranga coach Nic Millichip and former coach, Barry Gardiner. Photo: Shane Wenzlick /

The encounter will prove to be a hotly-contested affair, as Tauranga look set on guaranteeing their place in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One, while Shore will be hoping to nip into a top two spot.

North Shore United v Tauranga City AFC – Allen Hill Stadium, 3pm.

Looking to reignite their season after a handful of disappointing defeats, Hibiscus Coast AFC will be in for a tough battle, as the Coast look to try and pull off a result against promotion contenders, Forrest Hill Milford United this weekend.

Hibiscus Coast’s Conor Pearson is congratulated on scoring.  Photo: David Joseph /

But the North Shore based outfit have other things on their minds. A reshuffle in the sides management staff, saw Nathan Cranney take to the throne, showing a positive change within the camp and allowing FHM to progress further up the table. With just one point separating them and third placed, North Shore United, a win all push them that much closer to achieving a top two finish.

FHM coach Nathan Cranney. NRFL, Photo: Shane Wenzlick /

Hibiscus Coast AFC v Forrest Hill Milford United – Stanmore Bay Park, 3pm.

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