By Jack Sharp
Leaders Eastern Suburbs get the chance to kick clear in the early Women’s National League standings when they play local rivals Northern Rovers.
Suburbs have been running hot since starting the national competition after a mediocre winter season, and last weekend they saw off past national champions Canterbury United Pride.
Main photo: Northern Rovers … need to peg back Eastern Suburbs. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Saturday’s lunchtime fixture at Northern Rovers will be a major test, facing the side that won the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League with a bit to spare and were runners-up in the Kate Sheppard Cup.
Suburbs will take a five-point lead over Rovers if they can win the game, while Rovers need to win to peg back the Lilywhites.
Second-placed Western Springs, like Suburbs, also have a 100% winning record and that’s likely to stay intact with them hosting winless Capital Football.
There’s even a chance Springs will be top of the league by Sunday night, regardless of the Suburbs/Rovers result, if they run up a big score against Capital.
Auckland United host Canterbury United Pride in the only fixture to be played on Sunday.
It could provide the most entertainment of any game this weekend as both sides have stumbled in their early games but have plenty of ability.
Games to be played Saturday October 8, 2022
Northern Rovers (3rd) v Eastern Suburbs (1st)
McFetridge Park, Glenfield, 12.30pm
Western Springs (2nd) v Capital Football (7th)
Seddon Fields, Westmere, 2.30pm
Southern United (6th) v Central Football (8th)
Dunedin Artificial Turf, Dunedin, 3.30pm
Game to be played on Sunday October 9, 2022
Auckland United (4th) v Canterbury United Pride (5th)
Keith Hay Park, Mt Roskill, 3pm