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Launceston United face the Strikers at their home Birch Avenue. Devonport currently sit third on the table with United just two points behind, a result for Launceston would mean they can jump the Strikers on the table.
Top of the table and reigning champions Somerset Sharks host Ulverstone at Cardigan Street. The Sharks have fired so far this season with a win from every outing, in contrast Ulverstone have had an underwhelming start with just a point from four clashes.
Somerset come into the clash with a strengthened lineup.
“Last week we dominated Devonport but failed to put the goals on the board,” said Sharks President Nigel Brown.
“This week against the Reds we welcome back Keegan Wells and Astyn Johnson which means just our coach Jeremy DeBomford missing from a full strength squad.”
Brown said the match would be close despite the reds being in a rebuilding phase.
“Ulverstone are rebuilding after player losses and we should be too strong but our matches last year were always close, they should have beaten us in round one.
“We have a very strong team through all positions with several under 18 players making the step up this year.
“Keegan Wells and Kaimon Johnson will dominate midfield allowing our forwards, Garry Hamilton , Josh Goodwin and Kyrone Johnson to have plenty of opportunities,” said Brown.
Prospect face Burnie, the Knights host an improved Burnie, who sit inside the top four after four rounds.
A result would be important for the hosts as they look to make up ground on the top four. They currently are a win outside with a game in hand so a win over Burnie would be a six point result in their favour. They will also come in with the confident boost of a victory over the Rangers.
Coach Ray Heald had this to say"Starting to get a few lads back, first week were we haven’t had to ask players to double up.
Nathan Balym , Rhys Kinslow back in this week Liam Jarvis back from injury, Mitch Duffy started training this week should be back any week now, new player signed again this week, just moved to Launceston for uni, from Kenya, Roy Bwami, looks promising.
Burnie Coach Raymond Parke is hoping his side will be less wasteful in front of goal this week.
“We dominated possession for most the game but wasted a lot of good chances in front of goal but the last two goal were worth waiting for and satisfying as they were things we worked at in training.
“Prospect weren’t travelling too well until last week they had a good result against Northern Rangers so that should give them a bit of confidence going into this week,” Parke said.
Parke said Prospect is always a tough road trip.
“Their strength is they always make it hard for the opposition to leave Prospect with any kind of result but if we can continue to be patient and hold on to the ball we’ll give ourselves a good chance of leaving with something.
“Key players for us are Connor Parke who’s scoring a few goals and young Ethan Wilmot at left back.
“We are waiting to see the fitness of Brad Ryan our goal keeper and our skipper Andy Gibson who both are carrying injuries,” Parke said.
City host second spot Riverside to close out Round 5 of the Northern Premier League (NPL).
Olympic are fresh off a bye and come in with form their side with three wins from three matches.
Launceston City are at the bottom of the table with one point to their name but will come in with renewed confidence after claiming their draw against Ulverstone last week.
“Coming off the bye we take on Launceston City, who earned their first point of the season against Ulverstone last week,” said Riverside Coach Wayne Penfold.
“There is one enforced change with Taylor Neilson out suspended, which provides Steven Gulbransden with his first start of the year. This will mean a slight tweaking of player positions, but otherwise it will be status quo.
“City are a young fit side from all reports, so we will need to match their intensity and curb their enthusiasm. Roger Mies has re-joined their team and his added experience in the back line will make them hard to breakdown.
“But we have taken confidence from our positive start to the season and will be looking to impose ourselves on City and we believe that our experience and hunger will deliver us the right result.”
In the Northern Women’s Premier League, Somerset face Ulverstone in match of the round.
Both teams are equal on one win but the Sharks hold the top through superior goal difference.
Somerset President Nigel Brown expects the reds to have their number.
“I expect Ulverstone to win by at least 10 as they are a very good team.
“We are rebuilding and have lost Shannon Best to Devonport which really weakens our attack.”
Launceston City will be looking to make it two from two in their title defence when they face Riverside, a side they trumped in the statewide cup.
“We played well against Devonport but missed a lot of chances in front of goal, and have been working on that the last couple of weeks,” Launceston City Coach Col Nicholson said.
“This week we again play Riverside after playing them in the state wide cup on Monday.
“We have lost Sarah Campbell for this week’s game after she sustained a knee injury on Monday, but hopefully she will be back in the squad in the coming weeks.
“Riverside has a very good centre forward who caused us a few problems on Monday, so we will want to keep an eye on her and try to minimize her influence on this weekend’s game.
“Overall I am very pleased with how we are progressing at this stage of the season, although we still have a lot of room for improvement,” Nicholson said.
NPL – Round 5
Launceston United vs Devonport 2:30PM/Saturday 26 April (Birch Avenue)
Somerset vs Ulverstone 2:30PM/Saturday 26 April (Cardigan Street)
Prospect vs Burnie 2:30PM/Saturday 26 April (Prospect Park)
Launceston City vs Riverside 3:00PM/Saturday 26 April (Mitsubishi Park 1)
Northern Rangers BYE
NWPL – Round 2
Prospect vs Burnie 12:30PM/Saturday 26 April (Mitsubishi Park)
Launceston United vs Devonport 12:30PM/Sunday 27 April (Birch Avenue)
Somerset vs Ulverstone 12:30PM/Sunday 27 April (Cardigan Street)
Launceston City vs Riverside Olympic 12:30PM/Sunday 27 April (Mitsubishi Park)
Launceston City Allies vs Northern Rangers 2:30PM/Sunday 27 April (Mitsubishi Park)