NRFL

New Recruits Shine for Shore

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With nine games left to go in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One, North Shore United have found themselves in a prime position to challenge for promotion into the Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier Division for 2019.

Recently, the club made several significant signings, including former Fencibles United attacking duo, Sean Latimer and Charlie Maddison, while Dan and Scott Campbell were also welcomed into the books following their departure from Forrest Hill.

On Saturday, Shore pulled out the top draw with an astonishing display against Tauranga City AFC, slaughtering the WaiBOP based side by a resounding 7-1 score line.

Hat-Tricks were handed down to Sam St De Croix and new recruit, Maddison, while Shaydon Young bagged a consolation goal to add to his goal scoring credentials.

“They’ve all settled in really well and with about nine games to go, we felt we needed to boost our stacks and bring in some fresh blood” North Shore United head coach, Paul Harkness said.

North Shore’s Coach Paul Harkness. Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

“Going into the attacking third, Charlie [Maddison] and Sean [Latimer] have chipped in some really crucial goals in recent weeks.”

“But we’ve had a really good run in the last our last few matches and we think that the four of them have come in and made a really significant contribution toward that.”

But with the promotion race certainly on after North Shore’s emphatic win over Tauranga City on the weekend, the team in maroon find themselves three points off a promotion spot, with Waiheke United currently the second-place occupants.

The urgency within the North Shore camp is certainly there as Harkness sees every match from now on as a cup final, if Shore are ever going to claim second place in the league.

“I’ve said to the players, every game from now on is a cup final, there’s a lot at stake and there’s about four teams that are in with a chance of getting promotion” Harkness said.

“It’s really just about winning games for football, being consistent and making sure you turn up on the day and perform.”

Facing a relegation threatened Ellerslie AFC this weekend, a wary Harkness is aware of a stern test ahead of them, as Ellerslie seek a way out of the relegation zone.

“They’ve got some really good players and Fred [De Jong] has got them organized and has them playing how he wants them to play” Harkness said.

“Going forward, they have players with potential that can really hurt us, they’re quick and know where the goal is, so we’ve got to make sure that we’re defensively tight, organized and we’ve got to stop them from doing what they do at the other end.”

“We’ve got goal scoring threats in ourselves and we scored seven on Saturday, so we feel confident that we can have a go at them, which should make a good game.”

The match is scheduled to kick off at 3pm at Allen Hill Stadium.

Other Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Fixtures:

Waiheke United v Forrest Hill Milford United – Onetangi Hill – Waiheke Island, 2:45pm.
Tauranga City AFC v Hibiscus Coast AFC – Links Ave, 3pm.
Oratia United v Fencibles United – Parrs Park, 3pm.
Melville United v Waitemata FC – Gower Park, 3pm.

Postponed:

Mt Albert-Ponsonby v Manurewa AFC – Match postponed due to Mt Albert-Ponsonby taking part in the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup

Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One League Table: