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Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two Preview

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With the Round of Sixteen of the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup and the Quarter-Final of the Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup in full flow for this weekend, only a handful of NRFL sides are in action this week, with only two matches scheduled to play in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two.

However, some delicious encounters are taking place, with a lot at stake between promotion contenders and relegation battles.

On Friday night, Metro FC will welcome East Aucklanders, Bucklands Beach to the helm of Phyllis Street Reserve in a hotly contested encounter with promotion both sides eyeing a position of promotion.

Metro’s Coach Nathan Christie.  Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

A mixed season with mixed results for Metro, the goal to finish in the top three could be on the cards as Metro seek a much valuable win against Bucklands this Friday.

But the challenge will prove to be no easy task for Metro, as Friday night’s opponents have their own ambitions at their hands.

Chasing Takapuna for the title, a victory this week will certainly edge them a step closer to reaching the league leaders, despite being only 10 points behind with two games in hand.

Bucklands Beach’s Lucas Stead is congratulated on scoring. Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

The fairy-tale dream is well within their grasps, but the question remains based on whether Bucklands can catch Takapuna this late on in the season, considering the team in yellow currently remain unbeaten in the league.

The match is scheduled to kick off 7:30pm on Friday night at Phyllis Street Reserve.

On Saturday, relegation threatened Te Atatu will attempt to make massive strides to stay in the division when they take on Albany United this weekend at Te Atatu Peninsula Park.

Te Atatu’s Rhys Caples gets away from Papakura City’s Newton Rewi.  Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

The West Auckland outfit is currently in a battle for survival and a much-needed win against Albany will surely put them into the books of remaining in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two next season.

On the other hand, Albany’s ambitions at the start of the season were to earn promotion into the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One. With that dream still alive, the aim to catch Bucklands Beach remain true as three points will certainly push the North Shore based side into the firing rounds, edging them seven points closer to Bucklands, providing the East Aucklanders fall to Metro on Friday night.

Albany United Skipper, Marc Porter in action.  Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

The match is scheduled to kick off at 3pm on Saturday at Te Atatu Peninsula Park.

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