PREVIEW: Tough fixtures for top four in Lotto NRFL Women’s Championship

By Joan Grey

Franklin United and Tauranga Moana have surged ahead in the Lotto NRFL Women’s Championship, leaving behind Onehunga Sports who stumbled last weekend against sixth-placed Melville United.

This Sunday, all eyes will be on Onehunga, who have slipped into third place, and their pivotal clash with Franklin United.

Onehunga will need to contain Franklin’s impressive goalscorer Britney Cunningham-Lee who has ten10 goals to her name this season.

If Franklin win, they’ll extend their lead at the top of the table, but if Onehunga Sports seize the home victory, the two teams will be level on points.

With no breathing room at the front of the pack, Tauranga Moana also have an important match this weekend, against fourth-placed Northern Rovers.

In other fixtures, Central United welcome Birkenhead United to their pristine Kiwitea Street pitch, while Manukau United are set to take on Melville United at Walter Massey Park.

Golden Boot

10 — Britney Cunningham-Lee (Franklin United)
6 — Kerri-Ann Jones (Tauranga Moana)
5 — Sarah Carpenter (Franklin United), Ivy Colonne (Northern Rovers)
4 — Grace Duncan (Tauranga Moana)
3 — Abby Chad (Birkenhead United), Ashley Porter (Manukau United), Jaime Govind (Birkenhead United), Pip Meo (Onehunga Sports), Sylvia McDougall (Central United),


Games to be played on Sunday May 26, 2024

Central United v Birkenhead United
Kiwitea St, Sandringham, 1pm

Onehunga Sports v Franklin United
Waikaraka Park, Onehunga, 1pm

Manukau United v Melville United
Walter Massey Park, Manukau, 1pm

Northern Rovers v Tauranga Moana
McFetridge Park, Glenfield, 1pm

Joan Grey

Friends of Football writer Joan Grey loves playing and writing about football.

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