PREVIEW | Lotto NRFL Women’s RD 14

McFetridge park will host a hotly contested fixture this Sunday as the race for the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier title ramps up.

Glenfield Rovers, currently 10 points behind and a game in hand over this weekend’s opponents Three Kings United, can expect a tough encounter according to Rovers’ Tessa Berger.

“People have come to expect a hotly contested fixture whenever these two teams meet,” Berger said.

“So, I have little doubt that this encounter will be any different.”

Despite Kings missing three key players in Deven Jackson, Alosi Bloomfield and Hannah Blake due to the OFC U-19 Championships, Berger believes there are still threats to contain in order to give themselves the best chance of picking up all three points.

“Kings have many senior figures, so for us, managing our individual roles within the group to ensure we contain those threats across the park is key.

“Maintaining our structure out of possession and having the composure to be comfortable if they’re to keep the ball for extended periods of time will also be important.”

Just two further Women’s Premier fixtures are taking place on Sunday with the Waikato derby between Claudelands Rovers and Hamilton Wanderers to be played on August 13.

Eastern Suburbs host Norwest United while Ben Bate’s young Forrest Hill Milford side will need to be on the top of their game when they welcome the much improved Northland outfit who upset Claudelands 2-1 last weekend.

Western Springs have the bye.

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Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier Division Fixtures