NRFL

Winning Mentality in the Minds of Waitemata

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A strong 3-1 victory over promotion contenders, Hibiscus Coast AFC last weekend, saw relegation threatened Waitemata FC edge closer to guaranteeing safety at the start of second round of fixtures in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One.

With the West Auckland outfit swaying in full confidence, last week’s win saw a change in morale in the Waitemata camp, as the side has set a target on finishing the season with a series of wins.

The winning mentality is something Waitemata head coach, Andrew Campbell is set on executing in the minds of his players.

Waitemata FC coach, Andrew Campbell. Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

“We want to win more games than we lose, realistically, we’ve been playing our best at every match this season, except for Waiheke, awful performance that day and the biggest problem we’ve had is scoring goals” Campbell said.

“What we’ve done over the last month is tighten up defensively, which has taken the pressure off our forwards and when we do score around one or two, we’re not conceding three or four now, so that’s the target for the rest of the season, to limit the goals going in and to take our chances at the other end.”

This weekend, the stakes are high, as Waitemata’s winning mentality will be put to the test when they take on Ellerslie AFC in what proves to be a crucial encounter.

Last time the pair met, the match ended in a 2-2 stalemate right at the start of the season. This time around, both sides are level on points and the opportunity to progress further up the table is well within their grasps as both sides look dead set on picking up those crucial three points.

“Ellerslie move the ball through the thirds quite quickly and try to utilize the pace of their wingers, which is quite hard to deal with, they’re really good going forward” Campbell said.

“We’ve got to be defensively sound and stop them from having the opportunity to score, if we fall asleep, it could give them the room and ability to notch a goal and that’s something we’ve been working on the past few weeks.”

“If we can win this week, it’ll certainly give us the opportunity to grow on that winning mentality and push for a result the following week, but right now, the focus is on getting a result against Ellerslie.”

The match will kick off at 3pm at McLeod Park.

Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One Fixture:

Manurewa AFC v Waiheke United AFC – War Memorial Park (Manurewa), 3pm.

All other NRFL matches have been postponed due to the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup taking place.

Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One League Table: