Western Springs face their third tough contest in as many weeks when they travel to Dunedin to play fourth-placed Southern United in this weekend’s round of Women’s National League games.
A fortnight ago, the green and white hoops were going neck and neck with Eastern Suburbs, both with 100% winning records.
But in the past two rounds, Springs have taken only one competition point from a possible six, having drawn 1-1 with Northern Rovers and then losing 4-2 to leaders Suburbs.
Now, they’ll need to travel about 2,100km for the round trip to Dunedin, and regain their form against a side that’s been steadily improving.
Main photo: Springs’ Rina Hirano … she’s been one of her team’s best performers this season.
If it wasn’t for dropping points in a couple of draws, Southern United would be looking as potential Grand Finalists.
As it is, they’ll need to beat Springs on Saturday and then keep winning to press for a final spot.
Eastern Suburbs, having won all their eight games, get the chance to extend that record with a home game against lowly Capital Football on Sunday.
How to watch
Northern Rovers’ game against Auckland United will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 7.
All the other games will be streamed live either by Sky Sport NEXT or by NZ Football’s YouTube channel.
Here’s the round 9 schedule:
Games to be played on Saturday November 5, 2022
Southern United v Western Springs
Dunedin Artificial Turf, Dunedin, 12.30pm
Northern Rovers v Auckland United
McFetridge Park, Glenfield, 2pm
Games to be played on Sunday November 6, 2022
Central Football v Canterbury United Pride
Massey University, Palmerston North, 11.45am
Eastern Suburbs v Capital Football
Madills Farm, St Heliers, 1.30pm