NRFL

Northland Proud to Represent Region

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There’s only one thing that motivates Northland Football Club to fight for their spot in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two and that’s being the only team representing the region.

A club made up of eight member clubs competing locally throughout the region, the pride of representing Northland is something the club holds close to their heart.

But with time ticking as the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two season is set to draw to a close over the next few weeks, Northland find themselves threatened by relegation, with only one point separating them from the drop.

But Northland Player-Coach, Dan Johnston is cool, calm and collected and says underestimation will be the only thing that drags teams down to the relegation zone.

“For me personally I don’t look at the league table and I don’t look at previous results, I normally just find out from other people” Johnston said.

“This way we can prepare for every match the same way and if we perform well in training, we take that into the game and then if we can do that, we will get where we want to be.”

“In our league, anybody can beat anybody, so it’s best to never underestimate anyone in this league, especially teams that are fighting for survival.”

Northland’s Finn Diamond on the ball. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz

With Northland being only one of two teams to take points of Takapuna by holding them to a goal-less draw earlier in the season, the mentality rides high as the team in blue is set to take on fellow relegation contenders, Papakura City on Saturday.

“Papakura are not actually a bad side, I’m not sure whether they’ve had bad luck this season or whether they’re struggling in front of goal, but they gave us a good run last time we played them” Johnston said.

“Apart from last weekend, the majority of their results that they’ve played in have been relatively close, they’ve not taken any hidings and it’s just been one or two goals between them and their opposition so we won’t take them lightly.”

“We’re going into the match ready to take the three points and last time out, we edged a 1-0 victory over them and it was a scrappy game, so we’re definitely not going to underestimate them.”

The match is scheduled to kick off at 3pm at McLennan Park.

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Other Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two Fixtures:

Claudelands Rovers v Onehunga Mangere United – Galloway Park
Cambridge FC v Franklin United – John Kerkhof Park
Takapuna AFC v Albany United FC – Taharoto Park
Te Atatu v Bucklands Beach AFC – Te Atatu Peninsula Park
Ngongotaha AFC v Metro FC – Tamarahi Reserve

All matches are scheduled to kick off at 3pm.

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