Franklin United have won the Lotto NRFL Northern Conference title, earning a shot at promotion via end-of-season play-offs.
United were assured of the title when nearest rivals Bucklands Beach dropped two points in a 1-1 draw at Beachlands Maraetai on Saturday.
Franklin United, who had a bye, meet Bucklands Beach in the last fixture of the competition next Saturday but the result won’t change the final position of either club.
By winning the Northern Conference, Franklin get the chance to play off with the winners of the Lotto NRFL Southern Conference for a spot in next year’s Lotto NRFL Men’s Championship.
The Southern Conference will be won either by current leaders Cambridge or Waikato Unicol.
Meanwhile, Te Atatu have won the NRFL League One crown, ending their season with a 6-0 drubbing of Ranui Swanson to finish ahead of South Auckland Rangers.
Games played on Saturday August 26, 2023
Lotto NRFL Men’s Northern Conference
Beachlands Maraetai 1 (Alexander Thurbon 89′)
Bucklands Beach 1 (Sander Waterland 64′)
West Auckland 5 (Mohammed Haj 2′, 45′, Matthew Hearn 21′, Haylen West 46′, 73′)
Albany United 3 (Jack Beguely 6′, Jacko Baird 84′, David Yoon 90+1′)
Oratia United 2 (Max Whitehead 52′, Emiel Burrow 90+3′)
Northland 6 (Daniel Preece 6′, Kyle Levell 19′, Henry Woodward 40′, Jackson West 51′, Reuben Nicholl 56′, own goal 83′)
Central United 0
Franklin United — Bye
NRF Men’s League One
Papakura City 1 (Argyle Morling 78′ pen)
Uni-Mount Bohemian 2 (Aayush Kumar 71′, Reinal Singh 73′)
South Auckland Rangers 4 (Calvin Opperman 8′, 90′, Emosi Navaba 90′, 90+4′)
Te Atatu 6 (Jamie Mason 11′, Jack Kelly 38′, 47′, 81′, Jared Colligan 48′, 90+1′)
Ranui Swanson 0