By Joan Grey
Auckland women’s football fans are spoiled for choice this weekend with all four Lotto NRFL Premier Women’s matches being played locally.
After a 2-1 triumph against Auckland United under the Thursday night lights at Becroft Park, league leaders Rovers are just one game away from claiming the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League title.
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If they come out victorious on Sunday against West Coast Rangers, they will have earned enough points so no other team can catch them in the four remaining rounds.
Meanwhile, Western Springs make a welcome return to their Seddon Fields ground after completion of pitch upgrades.
Here’s how the round shapes up for games being played on Sunday August 7, 2022:
Auckland United (2nd) v Hamilton Wanderers (7th)
Keith Hay Park, Auckland
Last season, Wanderers were a force to be reckoned with and were runners-up in the Kate Sheppard Cup final.
This season, Wanderers have struggled to replicate their 2021 form and have had a patchy season, winning only three of their fifteen league games so far.
Last weekend, a 90th-minute Helen Arjomandi goal secured an important 2-1 victory for Wanderers over higher-placed Ellerslie.
This win helped Wanderers close the gap to West Coast Rangers (6th), now trailing them by only five points with a game in hand.
Wanderers travel to meet strong opponents Auckland United on Sunday.
After coming off second-best against leaders Northern Rovers on Thursday night, United will look to earn three more points to maintain their second position in the table.
But if one thing is certain, Wanderers will not give up those three points without a fight.
Other fixtures (with current league placings)
Northern Rovers (1st) v West Coast Rangers (6th)
McFetridge Park, Auckland
Western Springs (4th) v Tauranga City (8th)
Seddon Fields, Auckland
2.30 pm kick-off
Ellerslie (5th) v Eastern Suburbs (3rd)
Michaels Ave Reserve, Auckland
How they stand
Last weekend’s games
Friends of Football writer Joan Grey loves playing and writing about football. She captains the Strathallan College Girls First XI and represents Franklin United in the NRF Women’s Championship.