Top Two Clash – Round 10 Preview

Leaders of the Mainland Premier League (MPL), Ferrymead Bays host neighbours Cashmere Technical – currently a point behind Bays – in a month watering top-of-the-table clash at Ferrymead Park at 2:45pm on Saturday.

Western host Nelson Suburbs at Midday at English Park, while at 2:45pm at the same venue Nomads face Coastal Spirit. At the same time, Universities and FC Twenty11 complete round 10 fixtures when they met at Ilam Fields.

Top spot is on the line, when Bays take on Technical in the key clash of the round, with this fixture being decided by a solitary goal in three of the four previous clashes. A Preston Bell goal saw Bays come out on top when the two met at Garrick Memorial Park on round 3, which ended Technical’s defence of the Hurley Shield, so no doubt Tech will be looking to reverse the result and maintain their 100% record on the road this season.

Form guide: Ferrymead Bays W L W W L W D                   Cashmere Technical L W L W W W W

Head to Head: Played 16 – Bays 3 wins, Draws 5, Technical 8 wins

Previous Result This Season: Technical 0 Bays 1

Western’s home record does not make for pretty reading, 0 from 5 and no goals scored in their last three MPL games and now they face a Suburbs looking for a good win to widen the gap on the bottom half of the table.

Form guide: Western L L W L L L L                       Nelson Suburbs W L D D W L W

Head to Head: Played 40 – Western 13 wins, 11 Draws, Suburbs 16 wins

Previous Result This Season: Suburbs 5 Western 0

Nomads will be looking to claim back-to-back MPL wins, for the first time in three seasons which would also be their first ever win over Coastal who currently sit third on the table. When the two first met this season, Coastal took all when Nomads conceded an own goal late in the game ,the result set Coastal on a seven-game unbeaten run, their best run since coming into the league in 2001.

Form guide: Nomads L L D D W L W                         Coastal Spirit W W W W D D D

Head to Head: Played 10 – 4 Draws, Coastal 6 wins

Previous Result This Season: Coastal 2 Nomads 1

In the second derby game of the round, Universities take on FC in the Nor’west Derby. Universities came into the game sitting in bottom place with FC favourited to claim the win after winning the earlier encounter 4 – 1.

Form guide: Universities L W L L L D L                     FC Twenty11 W L D L L W L

Head to Head: Played 4 – Draws 1, FC 3 wins

Previous Result This Season: FC 4 Universities 1

Double Header For Tasman

Tasman are in for a busy weekend in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) when they play a double header in Christchurch. They face FC Twenty11 at Avonhead Park on Saturday, then back-up against Universities at Ilam Fields on Sunday. Coastal Spirit take on Waimak at Cuthberts Green on Saturday with all three games having 12:30pm kick-offs, with Cashmere Technical having a bye.

Tasman’s hectic weekend begins against FC TWENTY11, in what is likely to be a key clash with both sides battling for third place. When the two meet in Nelson on May, Tasman won by a goal in what was a seven goal thriller with FC yet to take a point of their rivals in the WPL.

Form guide: FC Twenty11 L D bye L L W           Tasman L W W L W bye

Head to Head: Played 4 – Draws 1, Tasman 3 wins

Previous Result This Season: Tasman 4 FC 3

If Coastal win by two clear goals over Waimak they will move to the top of the table. Earlier in the season Waimak battled hard against Coastal before going down 6 – 4 with Coastal too strong, though when the two met last weekend in the National Knock Out Cup, Coastal claimed the win 6 – 1.

Form guide: Coastal Spirit W bye L W W W                  Waimak bye L D W L L L

Head to Head: Played 8 – Coastal 8 wins

Previous Result This Season: Waimak 4 Coastal 6

If Tasman can pick up any points against FC on Saturday, they will know the win against Universities will see them end the weekend in third place. Universities have struggled to score in recent weeks so Tasman will be favoured to maintain their 100% record over the students.

Head to Head: Played 3 – Tasman 3 wins

Previous Result This Season: Yet to meet this season