A 5-0 loss to Napier City Rovers early this season will spur Waterside Karori in Sunday’s Chatham Cup tie, says Wharfies skipper Harry Fautley.
“Not one of our finest days, for sure, but I think it’s given us a bit more bite; not that you need it going into a game of this magnitude, but it’s definitely given us a point to prove,” Fautley says of the April loss in the Central League.
“There a few wrongs that need to be righted on our behalf.”
Speaking to NewstalkZB’s All Sport Breakfast host D’Arcy Waldegrave, Fautley said Waterside Karori had ‘shuffled things around’ in mid-season and were now getting better results, including a Chatham Cup win against Western Suburbs, and a 2-2 draw with Central League champions Wellington Olympic.
Last week, the side beat North Wellington 5-1 in the league.
Now, the focus was on football’s oldest cup competition, the Chatham Cup, in its 100th year.
Of Sunday’s fourth-round tie, Fautley said:
“For a lot of the boys in the team, it’s definitely the furthest that we’ve been, myself included, and (it’s) a massive opportunity.”
Fautley said if his side could win, it would be “huge” to play on the national stage, not just for the club but the players themselves.
Main photo: Wharfies captain Harry Faultey.
Listen to Harry Fautley’s interview
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Games to be played on Sunday July 9, 2023
Birkenhead United v Eastern Suburbs
Allen Hill Stadium, Devonport, 2pm
Hamilton Wanderers v Ngaruawahia United
John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, 2pm
Napier City Rovers v Waterside Karori
Bluewater Stadium, Napier, 2pm
Cashmere Technical v Christchurch United
Garrick Memorial Park, Christchurch, 2pm