Onehunga clash crucial for Rovers

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Sitting three points behind Saturday’s opponents Onehunga Sports, Glenfield Rovers are searching for a comeback win after a disappointing defeat to Waitakere City in round eight of the Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier League.

However, the challenge looms high for Rovers as Sports currently sit top of the league table with four wins in their last five matches.

Although the challenge may seem like an uphill battle with Onehunga currently in stellar form, the belief within the Rovers camp is something to cherish, with the home side looking to challenge for the three points in tomorrow’s fixture.

“They’re top of the league and they’re the current champions as well as Chatham Cup holders and everyone wants to beat them”, Rovers player-coach, Chad Coombes said.

“They’re a solid team, they’ve got some dangerous players through Jordan Vale and Sean Lovemore up front, they’re very solid defensively and we know it’s going to be a good game, so we’re up for the challenge.”

“There’s no doubt that they do have boys in their group that can score goals, (Jordan) Vale banged a very good goal in the cup against Birko last year, (Sean) Lovemore is scoring all the time and obviously Joe (Dawkins) and Ross (Haviland) pose as serious aerial threats so it’ll be a good battle, but I think we can match them in that regard.”

Last season, the spoils were even when these two sides met as Glenfield came out on top, beating Onehunga 2-1 at home, but fell to defeat in the return fixture by the same score line.


Eager for the clash to take place, Coombes and his side know what is at stake for the match and is hoping to capitalize on the chance to put Glenfield closer to the top of the table at the end of round nine.

“Before the season started we set a halfway goal and it showed where we wanted to be by the second half of the season, and for us to be able to have a crack at the top of the table.”

“If we can get a result, whether it’s a draw or a win, we will be put in a favourable position and hopefully we can capitalize and challenge for the title.”

“With teams beating each other in this league and keeping everyone honest, Onehunga remain as one of the top teams in the league, but they’re also beatable and we need to show that.”

The match will kick off at 3pm at McFetridge Park on Saturday.

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Bay Olympic v Manukau United – Olympic Park, 3pm
East Coast Bays v Waitakere City – Bay City Park, 3pm
Hamilton Wanderers v Birkenhead United – Porritt Stadium, 3pm

Central United v Three Kings United – Kiwitea Street, 3pm